ATI Pushes for Further Awareness, Adoption of OA

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ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok explains the use of organic fertilizers for soil fertility and plant growth.

ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok explains the use of organic fertilizers for soil fertility and plant growth.

QUEZON CITY – To draw interest and gather more followers in organic farming, OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) discussed the benefits of producing organic food during an interview with Ms. Winnie Cordero and Mr. Ariel Ureta in DZMM’s Todo-Todo Walang Preno segment.

With her was Mr. Brian Belen of Ato Belen’s Farm who demonstrated the process of making Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ), an organic fertilizer composed mostly of overripe sweet fruits and molasses.

When asked about the purpose of choosing the organic way of planting, Dr. Taposok emphasized that aside from enhancing ecological balance, it also provides a socially friendly food system. According to her, organic agriculture (OA) should be widely adopted especially in highly-urbanized areas where fast-food and instant meals are dominating the food supply chain.

She further noted its potential in climate change mitigation, “It fights the effect of global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emission thru less usage of synthetic fertilizer and sequestering carbon in the soil.”

FFJ is an artificial honey with rich nutritional enzyme that improves soil fertility and plant growth. Organic fertilizers are used to achieve optimum productivity in farms in a sustainable and environment-friendly manner.

The OIC-Director also announced the schedule of various free seminars to be conducted by ATI for the year 2018.

The said interview was held last January 24, 2018 in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.