Book on organic farming launched

A book compiling the best practices on sustainable agriculture, particularly palay, was recently launched to help farmers shift from chemical-based agriculture to the more sustainable organic farming.

The book “Likas-Kaya at Organikong Pagsasaka ng Palay” authored by Dr. Oscar B. Zamora, dean of the Graduate School of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños and a professor of the UP Los Baños College of Agriculture based in Laguna is primarily designed for farmers.

Written in Filipino, the book’s features 15 chapters, which serves as a “step-by-step” guide to the practice of organic farming systems and technologies, including organic fertilizer production, which the farmers can apply to help them convert their farm into a purely organic farm site.  The 196-page book also features colorful pictures and illustrations.

“This will help farmers veer away from agrochemical-based farming and shift back to organic farming,” he said during a brief speech at the book launch which highlighted the Organic 101: Experiencing the Organic Way of Life event.

Organized by the Go Organic! Philippines led by Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI) in Quezon City last Friday, the whole-day event held at the PRRM Building featured various organically-grown agricultural products and byproducts, as well as alternative health and healing practices.

A consortium of nongovernment organizations, Go Organic! Philippines is now aggressively promoting organic farming in the Philippines and is currently taking the lead in implementing the Organic FIELDS Support Program Phase 1, a partnership project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

The book was among the reference materials used in the Farmers’ Season-Long Training, one of the three major components of the OFSP1.

The book is a compilation of some of the best practices in organic farming.  Some have been the practice of farmers for more than two decades and was validated by experts from UPLB, Zamora, an organic farming advocate, said.

Copies of the book are available at the La Liga Office with contact number 433-7875 and can be downloaded from the Go Organic! Philippines website – http://www.goorganicphilippines.org.

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