Reduce chemical fertilizers, pesticides use: Villar
Sen. Cynthia Villar called for the lower use of chemical fertilizers and insecticides which not only affect the environment but reduces the income of the small farmers who use them.
Villar, chairwoman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, said any talk about food security and sustainability of resources is closely linked with environmental protection.
She said with soil degradation pegged at 38 percent, there is a need to lower the use of agricultural inputs in farming, such as chemical fertilizers and insecticides.
“Bukod dyan, ang inorganic pesticides at fertilizers ay mahal at nagpapaliit sa income ng mga farmers. That is why we encourage farmers to produce their own organic fertilizers, and provide them the equipment and training to do so,” Villar said.
She said agroecology is a timely alternative to conventional farming, considering the extreme weather disturbances that cause damage to the country’s agricultural sector.
“In ensuring food security, we must remember also that only small farmers and agro-ecology can feed the world,” Villar said.
The Food and Agriculture Organization said 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by small farmers through family and small-scale farming.