The Department of Agriculture-Region 6 is embarking on the mass production of organic fertilizer as part of the region’s effort to shift to natural farming.
Dr. Joyce Wendam, the regional organic agriculture spokesman, said the expansion of organic fertilizer production is a must among farmers’ organizations and local government units to ensure its viability not only for local farmers but also outside the region.
“Sufficient supply of organic fertilizer will motivate farmers to shift into organic farming, adopt organic agriculture technologies and decrease the price of organic fertilizer in the market,” Wendam said in a statement.
One of the most accepted programs under the DA6 organic agriculture initiative is the establishment of vermicomposting projects—particularly in the municipality of Calinog, Dumangas and Leon, Iloilo and of the Filamer Christian College in Roxas City, Capiz—for crop year 2014.
The province of Negros Occidental, on the other hand, has proposed the establishment of natural farming system production centers, which will mass produce NFS concoctions.
While the Organic Na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association proposed for the “Strengthening of internal control system aided with the information and communication technology” which will harmonized data on production and prices on farm and in the market.
Wendam also encouraged local governments to incorporate in their project proposals their target area to be converted to organic agriculture farming. This will help expand focus areas devoted to organic agriculture of at least five percent of the total agricultural land nationwide.
The DA6’s organic agriculture program is expecting more project proposals in the coming months, and has allocated funds for organic agriculture projects in the region.