Benguet, Philippines—With the provision of a small-scale composting facility to two organic farmers' associations and one municipal local government unit in Benguet, an increase in the volume harvest is now expected from the recipients.
Recipients of the P1.3 million worth composting facility from the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) are Our Farmers Heaven Incorporated of La Trinidad, Bejajeng Pansigshan Organic Practitioners Association of Tuba, and the Municipality of Itogon.
The beneficiaries, according to DA-CAR are growers of highland vegetables, fruits, and herbs who acquired three composting facilities consisting of six vermi-tea brewers, three multi-purpose shredders, and 45 kilograms of African night crawlers.
They acquired said facilities after submitting a letter of intent, proposal, and endorsement from their Municipal Agricultural Office.
With the intervention received, Jennifer Queen Sabarinon, Vice president of Bejajeng Pansigshan Organic Practitioners Association, was grateful for being a recipient of the different programs which the agency is implementing for organic farmers in the region.
According to Sabarinon, the composting facility will benefit 28 farmers in their association, who are now given the opportunity to further improve their efficiency in producing organic products to enhance their economic and livelihood activities.
The awarding of the composting facility, DA-CAR wrote, is in support of RA 10068 or the ‘Organic Agriculture Act of 2010’ as amended by RA 1511.
The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 aims to promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the country to condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers, and the general public, and save on imported farm inputs.
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