DA RFO 8 conducts Orientation Seminar on Organic Agriculture Production and Certification Process

Created on Monday, 09 September 2019 Published Date

A 3-day orientation was conducted by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office VIII attended by farmers, municipal agriculturists and agricultural technicians from the different municipalities of Eastern Samar.

The activity aimed to orient the farmers on the process and importance of organic farm certification, as well as to encourage them to strictly follow organic system and requirements to ensure that organic products are produced without synthetic fertilizers, conventional pesticides and the like.

According to Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Deogracias Paano, Eastern Samar province still don't have a farm that is organically certified.

"I think with this activity farmers in the locality will be encouraged to undergo this process,” Dr. Paano said during the opening program.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nelson Cortez, Provincial Administrator, assures that the province is always ready to help farmers in order for them to meet all organic standards.

He also stressed that the newly-elected chief executive of Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone is giving priority attention to agriculture sector.

So far, this is the third of its kind activity conducted by the Organic Program of Department of Agriculture, with the help of Dr. Carlos Dela Cruz, OAP consultant and Ms. Graciel Gacutan OA Focal from ATI, Baybay. Dr. Dela Cruz discussed the topic regarding on Philippine Standards for Organic Agriculture.

An open forum was highlighted the event where participants freely asked questions to the resource person. Among the questions raised were: (1)What are the requirements for the registration? (2)Is there really a need to register as an organic agriculture farm?

"When we say or hear that the farm grows organic food crops the first thing that comes to our mind is the realization that its product are safe and healthy, " Dela Cruz said.

Hence, the DA is pushing hard for the organic way of farming and that means, that Organic Agriculture is very important for health-conscious food consumers.  (ELIZABETH G. HUGO, RAFIS Staff, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)


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