Women organization in Davao advocates organic farming
In Davao, a group of female farmers are interestingly called Kababaehang Nagtataglay ng Bihirang Lakas, who are known for their organic farming practices.
“When we are not busy tending to our children on an ordinary day, you will find us in our FAITH garden, making our day worth with our chemical-free vegetables,” Angelita Manangan told Sun Star, chair of Talomo River Women’s Organization in Calinan District, Davao City.
This women’s organization is an affiliate of a farmer’s federation with a peculiar but suitable name called “Kababaehang Nagtataglay ng Bihirang Lakas” located at Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District, Davao City.
Executive director of Metsa Foundation in Los Amigos, Anita “Nena” Morales, said there are 14 women farmer’s organization that are part of the group advocating organic farming in the entire Tugbok District.
These local organizations that have had 300 members are associated with the national farmers’ organization called Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura or Masipag, which has been there for about three decades supporting among others organic farming in the country.
These women are advocates of FAITH –Food Always in the Home that is healthy, nutritious, and within reach.
“Dapat baguhin na ang pagsasaka mula sa chemical-based at monocropping patungo sa diversified and integrated farming systems (DIFS), agroecology at organic farming (There is a need to replace an agriculture that is chemical-based and mono-cropping towards a diversified and integrated farming system, agroecology and organic farming),” Masipag stated in its recent newsletter.