LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Organic farming advocates will converge in Bontoc for the 5th Cordillera Organic Congress on January 27 to 29 with the theme “Adopting to Climate Change through Organic Agriculture.”

Mario Caddatal, chairman of the Cordillera Organic Agri Development Council (COADCI) will head the celebration with the Department of Agriculture (DA) representatives and the Regional Development Council (RDC) representatives.

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Gerry Lab-Oyan of the Cordillera Regional Arabica Coffee Council (CRACC) said that awareness for organic agriculture has increased 100 percent since five years ago “The indicators say that people are more conscious of the healthier way of life now.”

Lab-oyan cited that the proliferation of more organic stalls within the region “Yellow and green labels for fertilizers and pesticides have also been bought more by farmers now.”

Non - traditional crops have also been sold in the markets, which are known to be healthier for the consumers, Lab-Oyan cited, adding that yakun and gabi to have more sales.

Lab-oyan said that the trend in organic farming has alerted consumers to be more health conscious, forcing farmers to produce organically grown crops.

The three day meeting aims to prepare the technology for organic farming to counter the recent issue on climate change. “We want to eliminate burning and advocate composting,” Lab-oyan said.