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Baao Municipal Council ordinance on sus agri passes third reading

Baao, Camarines Sur – The Municipal Council on Monday passed in third and final reading an ordinance promoting organic farming and sustainable agriculture in this chiefly agricultural town in support of national government efforts to promote organic farming in the country.

Once approved, Municipal Ordinance No. 01 Series of 2009 otherwise known as the Baao Organic Sustainable Agriculture Ordinance will pave the way for the annual allocation of P500,000 in support of organic farming practices in the Municipality of Baao, says agriculture committee chairman Councilor Eduardo B. Bacsain.

The said amount shall be appropriated from the first available Supplemental budget for the current year while the succeeding appropriation shall be provided in the regular budget every year thereafter, which shall be equivalent to 5 percent of the 20 percent Municipal Development Fund of Baao, he said.

Aside from the annual allocation, the ordinance paves the way for the creation of the Baao Organic Agriculture Stakeholders’ Council.  This will be replicated in the barangay level, Bacsain said.

Vice Mayor Norman Eduardo P. Badiola, the presiding officer of the Municipal Council of Baao said the ordinance will be transmitted to the Office of Mayor Quirino G. Boncayao Jr for final approval.

“Once signed by the mayor, the law takes effect immediately and will be implemented within the next two months.  This will institutionalize local funding for the promotion of organic farming and sustainable agriculture in the Municipality of Baao,” Badiola said.

Badiola said the ordinance is the local government’s answer to the resounding call for local government support initiated by the national government and its partner NGOs in the go organic campaign led by Go Organic! Philippines, a consortium of nongovernment organizations led by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI), is now taking the lead implementing the Organic FIELDS Support Program Phase 1 (OFSP1), which is now in the final phase of completion.

OFSP1 aims to promote the massive conversion of conventional farms into organic farm sites through farmers’ training.  Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap, who launched the program last year, is eyeing the conversion of 400,000 hectares of rice farms into organic farm sites, targeting 200 congressional districts nationwide with the capacity to produce organic fertilizers and pesticides to sustain the gains of the program by 2010.

The ordinance promotes and adapts a diversified sustainable organic and integrated farming system, promotes balanced thrust for economic and environmental development and serves as anti-poverty and rural development strategy that creates employment through the utilization of available raw materials, tapping local human resources, contributes in increasing productivity and income.

The Baao Sustainable Organic Agriculture Council is composed of the Municipal Agriculturist as chairman, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), the proponent of the ordinance, as co-chairman; the Municipal Council committee on agriculture chairman, Liga President, Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Council (MAFC) chairman as members.

Its functions is to develop programs and projects supportive to the promotion and expansion of the organic farming, processing and marketing activities.

As an advisory council, it shall recommend measures to LGU policy and programs towards enhancement of the agriculture; provide periodic reports on progress status and activities to LGUs, other institutional bodies and different stakeholders of the program.

The Baao Organic Sustainable Agriculture Council shall also develop education and awareness raising program to food producers and consumers on the imperatives of the organic foods and technologies, initiate linkages and explore partnership programs and create a Technical Working Committee to oversee the actual implementation of the programs and projects.


Camarines Sur farmers complete season-long training on organic farming: Successful harvest in demo farm caps training

Baao, Camarines Sur – A total of 85 farmers completed the Farmers’ Season-Long Training on organic farming, boosting government and nongovernment organization’s initiatives to promote sustainable agriculture practices in this chiefly agricultural town.

The farmers received their certificate of completion during a simple ceremony marking the end of the 16-week training process.  Aside from the farmers who successfully completed the training, 10 more farmers received a certificate of participation.  With the theme: “Sustaining and Expanding the Gains of OFSP through Local Action among Stakeholders” the graduation exercise was held at the demo-learning farm where the farmers learned various organic farming systems and technologies, including organic fertilizer production.

Capping the successful season long training, one of the components of the Organic FIELDS Support Program Phase 1 (OFSP1), is the successful palay harvest at the one-hectare demo farm in Bgy. Sta. Cruz last Monday.

OFSP1, a partnership project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) with Go Organic! Philippines, a consortium of nongovernment organizations led by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI).

A monitoring team from the DA and BSWM administered the harvesting of the palay.

The “pure organic-system of rice intensification” demo farm yielded 5.4 metric tons of palay while the “farmers’ practice” on organic farming demo farm yielded 6.3 metric tons.

Tirzo Martirez, vice president of the Rinconada Movement for Environment and Sustainable Agriculture (RINCOMESA), the NGO-partner of Go Organic! Philippines in this town, said the farmers’ have successfully learned all stages of organic rice production, including production of organic fertilizer and pesticide through composting and vermiculture.

“With the 85 farmers successfully completing the training, we are confident that more farms in Baao will go organic next season,” Martirez said.

Dante O. Bismonte, PRRM’s area manager in Baao, said more than 50 percent of those who took part in the training have in fact started to adopt organic farming.

“Some of the farmers are now producing their own organic fertilizer and organic pesticides.  Next cropping season, we expect the number of organic farming-practitioners to multiply as more farmers become aware of its many benefits, in terms of increased income to farmers, better health and environment,” he said.

OFSP1 is now considered as the government’s key strategy in achieving rice self-sufficiency target by 2010.