• Benguet developing herbs as pesticides

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    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) in Benguet will engage into natural pesticide preparations using different kinds of herbs and plants as natural concoctions to boost organic agriculture.

    OPAG head Lolita Bentres said their office is on the process of collecting identified planting materials such as lantana, madre de cacao, banana, papaya and sunflower. A greenhouse for such materials has already been built.

    “We are encouraging farmers to adopt the use of organically prepared pesticides as a good agricultural practice and as an alternative to pesticides which are chemically or commercially prepared,” Bentres added.

    To house the activities, a Provincial Concoction Center will soon be established, with the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Regional Field Office to earmark P100,000 for the center’s construction materials. This project is in line with the government’s goal to ensure organic food sufficiency and promote people empowerment in the region, enabling farmers to increase their income through organic agriculture.

    A fast-becoming trend in agriculture, natural concoction of herbs and plants is a cheap yet effective way of repelling insects and other harmful pests.

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