Organic Agri development & promotion to be intensified in CALABARZON
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, May 26 (PIA) –The Department of Agriculture (DA) CALABARZON is set to intensify the development and promotion of organic agriculture by consolidating organic farming activities as well as establishing and implementing a cohesive and integrated organic agriculture agenda in the Region.
With this aim, the DA CALABARZON, through its Organic Agriculture Program, recently met with Cavite Responsible Organic Producers (CROPs), one of the components of the CALABARZON Organic Exchange (CORE), an organic stakeholder network in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
“We began organizing consultation and roundtable discussion among farmers, players, stakeholders, organic practitioners, and cooperatives to address the gaps, advantages, and benefits of organic farming to the agricultural sector,” said Eda F. Dimapilis, Regional Organic Agriculture Coordinator.
Dimapilis in her latest meeting with Ruy Valente Polistico, Gabriel Arubio, and Engr. Manolete Flores of CROPs, discussed issues and concerns in the value chain segment, production of seeds and fertilizers, and processing, postharvest, and marketing of organic produce.
“We have also cropped up a plan for possible strategies and interventions needed,” she added.
The plan is to put up seed production areas, livestock, concoction laboratory, and fertilizer production facilities for the maintenance of organic crop production.
“We will work with other organic agriculture proponents and stakeholders from other provinces in CALABARZON, who have a wide range of interests and put them together in a structured and working unit to serve their interests and to prepare for a better organic world,” Dimapilis shared.
About 200 farmer-beneficiaries in CALABARZON received the livelihood assistance package on broiler production composed of 50 heads of day-old chicks, a 3 ft x 8 ft x 4 ft cage, one bag each of chicken booster and chicken grower mash, and 10 sachets of veterinary drugs.
Meanwhile, 12 farmer-beneficiaries received 60 heads of goat.
Based on the predetermined allocation of small and large ruminants, farmer-beneficiaries from Tanauan City shall receive a total of 100 cattle, 30 carabao, and 60 goats. ( PIA-4A/DA-RFO IVA, RAFIS)