Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), seeks to establish a comprehensive organic farming plan that will be of real benefit to Filipino farmers.
The presidential aspirant noted that there had been slow growth in farmland turning to organic farming despite the enactment of Republic Law 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Law of 2010.
“The law obliges the government to promote, propagate, further develop and implement the practice of organic farming which will condition and cumulatively enrich the fertility of the soil, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment and prevent depletion of the soil. natural resources, ”said the former lawmaker.
“But the promotion of organic agriculture in the Philippines faces many challenges such as policy gaps, lack of production support, promotion and awareness activities; fragmented and inadequate research and development, extension and capacity building activities; and poor market systems. Kailangan can be a clear and comprehensive roadmap for farmers and farmers and organic farming. Baka meron ding naging pagkukulang doon sa batas kaya hindi natupad ang hangarin nito (We need a clear and comprehensive framework or roadmap to convince our farmers and fishermen to try organic farming. There may be a loophole in the law that led to his unfilled mandate). “
According to 2011-2017 data from the National Organic Agriculture Program, an agency attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, the total organic farming area in the country is approximately 349,041.28 hectares, which is equivalent to 4, 86 percent of the total agricultural area of 7,165,815.61 hectares. .
Farmers who have turned to organic farming are currently facing issues such as insufficient supply of organic fertilizers, cumbersome farming practices, and additional capital to meet labor needs.
The former solon of Ilocos Norte, however, is optimistic that a better roadmap for the development of organic farming is now possible with the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte of Law RA 11511, which amended the law. on organic farming.
The amended law identifies “participatory guarantee systems” as a credible and affordable way to approve organic products. Under the old law, Article 17 stipulated that only products certified by a third party could be labeled as organic, which was a major concern as it limited small farmers who could not afford certification by a third party. third party but practiced organic farming.
“Organic farming is beneficial because it maintains and improves fertility, soil structure and biodiversity, and reduces erosion. It also reduces the risk of exposure of humans, animals and the environment to toxic materials. But if all farmers abruptly switch to zero use of chemical fertilizers, yields could drop, putting our food supply at risk. That is why we need an effective agricultural program that recognizes the real conditions of most farmers and supports a movement to switch from chemical-based production, ”stressed the former senator.
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