Thursday, January 28, 2016

Organic Vegetable Training Class 01-16 Launched in Sagay City

More than 200 farmers belonging to the Organic Vegetable Production Training Class 01-16 attended the official launching of their three-month training in Sagay City, Last January 26, 2016.

The participants are marginal farmers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, and former rebels from the cities of Sagay, Cadiz and Escalante, and Municipality of Manapla.

The program is being implemented by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Peace, Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) headed by Negros Occ. Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Pro-PIDU Action Officer, Dr. Ma. Lina P. Sanogal, and the 303rd Infantry Brigade and 62nd Infantry Brigade.

Sanogal said that the main purpose of the program is to alleviate poverty, advocate organic farming, and promote lasting peace particularly in far-flung areas of Negros Occidental.

The organic vegetable production Demo Farm, located at Herbal Garden, will serve as training venue to teach farmers on the proper way to grow organic vegetables.

Sagay City Mayor Thirdy Marañon said that the said training will pave the way for the Negrenses to become suppliers of organic products, considering that there is an increasing demand of organic food worldwide.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon said that the farmers will also be trained on how to make organic fertilizers to augment their production. He added that this there is big money in organic farming while at the same time it is good for people who are health conscious because organic vegetables are free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. /Capitol News


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Farmers urged to produce organic muscovado sugar

More Negrenese farmers should return to producing organic muscovado sugar, Concepcion Poblador, owner of the Baldomero-Maria Muscovado Milling Corp., said yesterday.

Aside from health and safety reasons for consuming washed white sugar, opting for organically produced sugar also means that the quality of the soil is not compromised, Poblador said.

“We sought help from the Department of Science and Technology, Sugar Regulatory Administration and a muscovado producer from Pangasinan, guided us from planting to sowing to production,” she said.

She said BMMC uses organic fertilizer imported from Chile in the 24-heactare farm in Granada, Bacolod City, which yields about the same amount of produce with sugarcane farmers using synthetic fertilizer.

“The initial run did not come out good, so we invited expert artisans from Antique to help us in improving our sugar-cooking, she said.

Although the company has just begun its muscovado production in 2014, she said they received many local and international inquiries about our product.

BMMC featured Muscovado Gold in the International Food Exhibition Philippines in May, and has also joined a supplier exhibit in Japan.

They also won in the Muscovado Festival in Silay City with their dish “food for the gods” during last year's El Cinco de Noviembre, and look forward to joining the product exibit in next year's Panaad sa Negros Festival, she said.

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Visayan Daily Star December 7, 2015

Monday, January 18, 2016

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

UN Report on Organic Farming

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.

That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.

The cover of the report looks like that of a blockbuster documentary or Hollywood movie, and the dramatic nature of the title cannot be understated: The time is now to switch back to our natural farming roots.

According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended.

Diversity of farms, reducing the use of fertilizer and other changes are desperately needed according to the report, from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

It also said that global trade rules should be reformed in order to work toward these ends, which is unfortunately the opposite of what mega-trade deals like the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are seeking to accomplish.

The Institute noted that these pending deals are “primarily designed to strengthen the hold of multinational corporate and financial firms on the global economy…” rather than the reflect the urgent need for a shift in agriculture described in the new report.

Even global security may be at stake according to the report, as food prices (and food price speculating) continue to rise.

“This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production toward mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers,” the report concluded.


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