5 farms eye organic certifications

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


FIVE small farms are eyeing for organic certifications from the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), an alternative certifying body for organic products.

The PGS is a body that certifies farmers' organic products.

Dr. Chito Medina, National Coordinator of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko Para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura, during the Club 888 forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao on Wednesday, said that they organized farmers in different groups for the accreditation.

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"May independent committee trained for inspection, may approval committee, and quality control committee and the inspectors cannot inspect their own farm," Medina said.

Atong Cadiena, member of the approval committee of PGS Davao, said they are eyeing to inspect 15 farms in the city.

Cadiena said that they are also pushing for the amendment of Republic Act (RA) 10068, specifically the Section 17, which only recognizes third-party certification system that is more expensive for small-scale organic farmers.

"What is choking organic farming is mahal ang (expensive) certification because third party certification lamang ang nire-recognize nang gobyerno (the government only recognizes third party certification) as of the moment dalawa lang po ang accredited and that is the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) na pwedeng mag-sagawa ng certification," Medina said.

"The city government is really backing us to make us successful," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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