|A dozen companies and a total of 1,300 hectares in the Negros Island have obtained certification for organic farming which is making Negros island Philippines’ organic food capital.The Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Devt. Foundation Inc. (NISARD) has faciltated organic farming certification of these organic farms in a vision to make the island a totally-organic farming haven.
"Our vision is for the whole island to become an organic farming area with at least 100,000 hectares in five years," said NISARD President Edgardo S. Uychiat in an interview.
Uychiat said during the National Academy of Science and Technology's (NAST) organic agriculture forum that the Negros Island is now in the thick of expanding its organic area with an organic livestock program focused mainly on sheep and goats. The livestock program will also become a source of animal manure, a major component of organic fertilizer. Its availability is a major factor to organic agriculture's success.
"Because of the Organic law, the DA (Department of AGriculture) has a P900 million fund for organic farming. We don't know the procedure yet, but we're talking to them," he said. By MELODY M. AGUIBA, Manila Bulletin Online, Agriculture SectionMarch 17, 2011, 11:54pm