ILOILO – Leaders of 556 farmers associations in this province were taught on Thursday of the basics of organic farming in line with the province’s goal to achieve food security.
The seminar was part of 9th Farmer’s Congress held at the gymnasium of Pavia town.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the event’s guest speaker, stressed that farmers should now learn the latest technology in agriculture to improve production and income.
“We should accept the fact that we are in an agricultural province and most of us depend on agriculture,” he said.
Organic farming is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.
It relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control.
Although it is no longer new, many of the farmers in the province are still anxious on trying it for they believed it requires additional capital, according to Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo.
“Agriculture is labour intensive and this will really require capital. But the investment, especially in organic farming, can be worth it,” he said.
Farmer’s Congress is held annually to equip farmers with up-to-date and relevant information on agriculture.
The gathering is also an opportunity to farmers to meet and share their practices with other associations.
The event likewise highlights the cooperation of farmers to address the effects of climate change.
Agriculture contributes 42 percent of the green house gases causing global warming and climate change. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)