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Jan 28, 2016 @ 9:03

Organic agriculture receives boost with composting facilities

Farmers from Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao received eight small scale composting facilities to boost organic agriculture in their areas and promote sustainable farming practices in the region.

“Organic agriculture as a tool to combat land degradation increases the resilience of soils to water stress and nutrient loss,” Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Executive Director Silvino Tejada said.

According to the BSWM chief, the areas were selected because the climactic condition of the region renders the farms more susceptible to micro-organisms that cause damage to crops. Most of these farms have taken to use chemical fertilizers, which they can now replace with organic fertilizers from composting.

Composts are considered a better alternative to chemical fertilizers not only because it does not adversely impact the quality of soil, it will also be safer for consumers of the produce.It is also more cost effective as compared to expensive fertilizers and better for the environment.

The project was undertaken in partnership with the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP), which has already established 138 community based composting facilities in the region since 2009.

“Now that our country is being recognized all over Asia in terms of organic farming, BSWM will continue to promote the use of organic inputs through the establishment of different facilities to strengthen the capacity of LGUs, farmer cooperatives and associations, SUCs and even civil society organizations to produce natural farming inputs,” BSWM Assistant Director Sonia Salguero said.  (By: Angel Ong)


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