Pagadian City- The Organic Agriculture Program of the Agricultural Training Institute –Regional Training Center IX (ATI-RTC IX) conducted another consultative meeting. This activity aims to promote the organic agriculture program and initiated to create strong linkages and partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other agencies, as well as to discuss issues and concerns of the OAP and identify priority trainings for 2021.
It was participated by 32 organic coordinators and practitioners from different municipalities of the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as the city of Zamboanga. The highlights of the activity were the presentation of ATI- RTC IX 2019 accomplishments and 2020 targets, and DA RFO 9 OAP accomplishments and program updates by Ms. Janice Legaspi- OA focal person. Thus, a consultation workshop, action planning and open forum was also entailed to clarify and discuss issues and concerns regarding the program and to distinguish priority trainings in their respective municipalities.
The participants also have identified the priority trainings and other activities for 2021. Trainings and other activities include the training on organic vegetable production, organic free range chicken, Organic Agriculture Production NC II, beekeeping, vermicomposting, organic fertilizer production and organic feed formulation.
During the open forum, some issues and concerns were raised with regards to promoting organic agriculture. Success stories and best practices on organic agriculture should be documented to promote the program. Further, to convince farmers to go into organic farming and to motivate youth to take up agriculture courses, it has to do with mind setting. On the other hand, one participant suggested that, during the conduct of organic activity, the food to be served and the venue should be organic for promotion.
The activity was graced by Mr. Adelberto Baniqued, the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) member, Mindanao representative for small farmer. He emphasized that LGU shall allocate 5% (mandatory) of their annual budget in support to Organic Agriculture Program and these issues raised from this kind of activity will be brought in the NOAB.
The activity was successfully fulfilled last February 26, 2020 at ATI-RTC IX Training Hall, Balintawak, Pagadian City.