DavNor town draws farmers interests to organic agri

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


THE Municipal Government of Braulio Dujali in Davao del Norte province is making efforts to draw interests of rice farmers to go into organic farming which is seen to boost their income.

In a recent interview, Braulio Dujali Mayor Lolita Moral put her hopes on organic farming to deliver farming residents from economic hardship while citing efforts of government line agencies to raise the level of organic crop production in town.

Lately, the Department of Trade and Industry in Davao del Norte turned over P210,000 worth of organic fertilizer production shared service facilities, among which were 38 plots of vermi beds, vermi sifter and pails for vermi tea brewing.

She also said the Department of Agriculture (DA) will soon be funding the construction of a P1.5 million worth of market building where farmers can display all crops produced through organic farming.

The Municipal Government recently turned over to the Braulio E. Dujali Municipal Officials and Employees (Bedmoe) Cooperative the P1 million cash prize it got from DA as the Agri Pinoy Rice Achiever awardee.

Bedmoe uses the P1 million as working capital to buy organic palay at a higher price than the ordinary rice produce as an incentive to rice farmers that the Municipal Agriculture Office (Magro) has certified as organic producers.

"To encourage them to go on producing organic rice, we are buying organic palay at P1.00 higher than the prevailing price of ordinary rice," she said in vernacular.

Carved out from Panabo City and the Municipality of Carmen, Braulio E. Dujali lies along Tuganay and Liboganon rivers.

Davao del Norte Business and Travel guide says that Braulio E. Dujali has a total land area of 9,100 hectares, of which 8,050 hectares (88.5 percent of its land area), are devoted to agriculture.

Magro chief Nelson Baer in a separate interview said the town has 1,570 rice farming population in about 2,300 hectares, of which 120 hectares are devoted to organic rice production with 67 farmers.

Organic rice production is done through non-application of any synthetic chemicals. Aside from using vermi worms to produce organic fertilizer, farmers are making natural concoctions to control growth of pests and to check infestation, Baer said. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 23, 2013.

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