Town builds up organic farming-A A +A
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
SABLAN, Benguet – Mayor Arthur Baldo ensures increase of organic farm productivity of Sablan.
Baldo recently issued Administrative Order 2 creating an agricultural technical committee to fulfill his endeavor.
The organization of the committee will help the municipality advocate, develop and promote practice of organic farming. It will formulate and implement plans and programs consistent with the framework of Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.
The committee headed by Baldo will also consolidate and coordinate efforts of government agencies and stakeholders on the implementation of organic farming.
Moreover, they will initiate extensive campaigns in promoting the practice of organic farming. They will educate the community on the importance of the practice to human health, environment and even animal health.
“Our dependency on imported hazardous fertilizers and pesticide will be lessened accruing more dollar reserves and will make agricultural product free from health-threatening toxic substances,” explained Baldo.
Municipal agriculturist Ramon Anacioco said most of the farmers usually plant rice and fruits. He said farmers are using different pesticides just to make their plants go robust.
“We have to implement the practice of organic farming step by step because our farmers and so with livestock raisers are still recovering from the damages of the past typhoons,” Anacioco said.
He added the Department of Agriculture and the office of the provincial agriculturist aided the town’s agriculture through the seeds donated. These seeds are rice, ampalaya, eggplant, mustard, pechay, snap beans, winged beans, tomato, squash and okra.
Anacioco and Baldo are hopeful organic farming will be accepted by farmers in due time. (Rubyloida Bitog)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 28, 2011.