Organic agri summit in Western Visayas starts-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
THE first Organic Agriculture Stakeholders summit organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Central Philippine University in Jaro, Iloilo has started Tuesday and will end on September 6.
Dr. Hector Peñaranda, of the DA in Western Visayas, said the National Organic Agriculture Program (2012-2016) envisions organic farming contribution of at least five percent of national and international farm areas and consumers.
DA reported an increasing demand for organic agriculture products that are slowly penetrating stores due to the growing health consciousness and wellness trend in the country.
The Philippines exports only reached US$18 million (P802 million) in 2006 and US$ 15.6 billion (P695 billion) in 2009, posting an average hike of US$ 5 billion (P222.8 million) a year.
Peñaranda said there is much money in organic agriculture by growing fruits and vegetables the organic way through diverting from chemical fertilizers and inputs.
DA said Western Visayas is a leading agricultural advocate where farmers limit the usage of chemical fertilizers.