Negros Occidental pushes green goals
The Negros Occidental provincial government ratcheted its efforts to produce high-value organic products as part of its bid to become a “green island” and eventually the “Organic Food Bowl of Asia.”
The Philippine News Agency, quoting Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said the province will reach its goal by expanding areas planted to colored rice, cacao and coffee, among others.
Records of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) showed that the lands devoted to organic farming in Negros Occidental has expanded from about 10,000 hectares in 2013 to 15,000 last year.
The province has 10,000 organic farmers.
Marañon said the Negros First Terminal Complex will be constructed to give access to cold storage facilities for farmers, fisherfolk, livestock producers and food processors.
The said the facility will prolong shelf life, improve food quality and give food producers higher income.
The province is also reviving the bamboo and abaca fiber industries to complement the local silk industry.