New composting facilities will help farmers reduce usage of chemical fertilizers and therefore it will help them cut down the production costs while ensuring safe and healthy food. These new composting facilities are also being encouraged by environmental activists as they help protect the environment.
In a recent national orientation on the establishment of composting facilities in local government units (LGUs), Silvino Tejada, director of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), said that the DA’s National Organic Agriculture Program encourages the the use of organic fertilizers in composting facilities to increase crop production.
The DA implements the National Organic Agriculture Program in support of the National Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (10068), which was authored by DA Secretary Proceso Alcala.
According to the DA-BSWM, the Philippines has become one of the top performing countries in organic agriculture since the country enacted the National Organic Agriculture Act in 2010. In 2010, 14,150 hectares of land was devoted to organic agriculture. As of 2014, this production area has increased to more than 83,000 hectares.
The Philippines has as many as 40 certified local farms and nearly 50,000 participants who have joined the program in an effort to improve food quality and production. As a result of this program, the country has recorded 90% growth from 2010 in terms of food production, reaching a total of 417,879 metric tons of food.
Cheaper and safer food production
Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food said that project will help farmers increase their income as fertilizers used on their farms can now be sourced within their community at lesser cost.
The DA-BSWM added that with the project aims to reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers. It will also assist rural and urban communities in promoting environmental protection while producing safe food.
DA, the DA-BSWM and the Villar SIPAG Foundation have collectively implemented this project. The implementation includes training that will be conducted in collaboration with DA-Agricultural Training Institute. As a result, the farmers will be ready to implement the new composting technique when they are handed over these new composting facilities. This can prove to be a kind of a revolution in the food production industry.
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