Organic Agriculture in Negros Occidental Featured in ATI's Bloggers' Event

Negros Occidental's Initiatives on Organic Agriculture Featured in the 3rd Bloggers Event

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Occidental is considered as the premier province when it comes to organic farming.  With strong support coming from the provincial government coupled with passionate stakeholders, the province's initiatives on Organic Agriculture has been on full blast.

With the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, the provincial government of Negros Occidental has been promoting Organic Agriculture in the province where it converted about 10,000 hectares of land into organic lands and has become a prime agri-tourism destination since then. Because of this, the province has become the forerunner of the OA initiatives in the Philippines and has claimed to be the home to vast organic farms as well as OA practitioners. 

With this, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted the third in the series of the Bloggers’ Event for Organic Agriculture in the province.

ATI gathered 12 active bloggers on food, lifestyle, and travel and were joined by five e-Extension Coordinators from ATI’s network of training centers, to feature organic farms and practitioners in their respective blogs.

The bloggers visited and toured four organic farms around Negros that includes May’s Organic Farm in Bacolod City, Peñalosa Farms in Victorias City, Rapha Valley in Don Salvador Benedicto and Catiempo farm in Bago City. Briefing with farm owners Ramon Uy, Mon Peñalosa, Dr. Albert Jo and Renato Catiempo ensued when they shared their knowledge on organic agriculture as a viable enterprise and its importance in having a healthy lifestyle.
 
Aside from promoting and creating awareness on organic agriculture, the bloggers’ event aimed to encourage more consumers to buy organic products. Through an increased demand for OA products, the farmers will have an opportunity to grow more organic produce as well as to encourage more farmers to go into organic farming.

The Third Bloggers’ Event was held last September 5 to 8, 2013 in this province.