– allocated P10 Million for organic agriculture and livelihood program
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Ragay Degamo will officially open the Buglasan 2014 Organic Farm Family Agri-Fair on Wednesday, October 15 at the Provincial Nursery Compound, this City.
This is the first salvo of a series of significant activities that focuses on the Buglasan Festival of Festivals. Governor Degamo highlighted the importance of organic agriculture to address climate change and global warming.
“This is to protect the environment, provide livelihood and healthy safe food for our people,’ the provincial chief executive stressed.
Organic agriculture helps restore the fertility of the soil, increases food production while provide better income for the farmers,” he added.
During the two-day Agri-Fair, over 500 delegates from the various local government units will arrive to showcase their various organic products, demonstrate their skills in organic fertilizer formulation, organic food preparation, and indigenous cultural harvest festival, dance show and attend organic farming lectures.
Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca said the move of the governor gives significance to the food security program as organic agriculture is the best avenue to sustainable development.
Paltinca said the P10 Million fund given by Gov. Degamo to the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office will focus on organic agriculture and livelihood program for informal groups in the Province.
He said organic agriculture focuses on increasing rice, corn and vegetable production, both in the lowlands and far-flung barangays in the hinterlands.
“We are forming various training teams whose expertise in rice, corn and vegetable enhancement will be brought to the farmers level. An estimated 1,500 farmers will benefit from this program,” Paltinca disclosed.
The Livelihood Program include organic livestock and fishery production, food processing, bio-organic fertilizer formulation, human resource development trainings. This is expected to benefit 1,500 women and farmers in various associations province wide.