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MIMAROPA, known as Region IV-B and also formally known as Southern Tagalog Islands, stands for the provinces, namely: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. There are two cities in the region: Calapan City and Puerto Princesa City. The region was created on May 17, 2002, after Region IV (Southern Tagalog) was sub-divided.  

The region’s economy relies mostly on agriculture, fishing and ecotourism. MIMAROPA is one of the Philippine’s top producers of rice, banana, coconut, mango, cashew, papaya and cassava, which are included among the country’s top export products. The region’s total area is 2.74 million hectares with 542,218 hectares agricultural area.

As mandated by the Republic Act 10068 of 2010 also known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, DA-MIMAROPA implemented specific program and interventions to support and promote the organic agriculture in the country.

2016 target set focused on the area devoted for organic agriculture and its volume of production, number of OA adopters, number of certified farms/processors and the market niche of organic products. These targets became the direct lead to have a remarkable contribution to national milestone.

At present, MIMAROPA has 10,627.99 hectares devoted for organic farming with an increase of 327.7 % from 2015 (2, 485), in terms in volume of production (partially collected data as of 30, 2016) we have increase of 40.6 % (567.65 mt) from the previous year with an average yield of 403.5 mt. To boost the market opportunities for these products, consumer awareness and Capacity Building of Organic Farmers Organization in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access were conducted and as a result, market niche (7 destinations) are Mindoro provinces, Batangas, Antipolo, Alabang, Cavite, Metro Manila and Quezon City. Moreover, trading post were established and maintained in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro,and Odiongan, Romblon. Through continuous information dissemination and maintaining demo farms as promotional strategies, 493 (31%) more individuals are encouraged to practice organic farming (Data: 2015 – 2,088; 2016- 2,735).

With regards to the number of certified farm/processors, we have three (3) newly certified farms namely; DJMV Farm located in Naujan Oriental Mindoro, Gabutero Farm, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro and Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Center (RIARC) located in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro.

There are also Production, Post Harvest Facilities and Equipment to be distributed and constructed. These are: 

Particulars Name of Projects and Recipient Location
TRACTOR (1) Organico Mindorenos Brgy. Malisbong, Sablayan, Occ. Mdo
HAND TRACTOR (5) Bunganay Progressive Farmers Association Brgy. Bunganay, Boac, Marinduque
  LGU Narra   Upper Lapu-Lapu, Poblacion, Narra, Palawan
  PASADA farmers Association Brgy. Poblacion, Taytay, Palawan
  Romblon Farmers Association Brgy. Malilico, odiongan, Romblon 
  Comunal Farmers Association Brgy. Comunal, Calapan City
TILLER CULTIVATOR (5) LGU Lubang  Brgy. Binakas, Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
  Daig Isok I Small Farmers Association Brgy. Daig Isok I, Boac, Marinduque
  Pili Farmers Association Brgy. Pili, Mogpog, Marinduque 
  Tulay Farmers Association Brgy. Tulay, Odiongan, |Romblon
SMALL SCALE COMPOSTING FACILITY (2) LGU Magsaysay  Brgy. Poblacion, Occidental Mindoro 
  Rice Farmers Association Brgy. Pagulo, Calatrava, Romblon
GREENHOUSE (4) Alacaak Farmers Association Brgy. Alacaak, Sta Cruz, Occidental, Mindoro
  Samahan ng Organikong Magsasaka ng Mainit Brgy. Mainit, Boac, Marinduque
  LGU Narra Upper Lapu-Lapu, Poblacion, Narra, Palawan
  Tablas Irrigated farmers Association Brgy. Tabobo-an, Odiongan, Romblon 
PALAY THRESHER (3) LGU Magsaysay Brgy. Poblacion, Occidental Mindoro
  Organikong Magsasaka ng Magsaysay Brgy. Poblacion, Occidental Mindoro
  Salvacion United Farmers Association Brgy. Salvacion, Rizal
PINAWA RICE MILL (1) Ogbot Farmers Association Brgy. Labonan, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro

 

Note:

Five (5) units Tiller Cultivator and one (1) unit Pinawa Rice Mill/Paddy Huller were outside the target for 2016 interventions. Due to request and needs of our stakeholders in different Provinces, the said machineries were procured. The fund used for the procurement of those machineries came from budget allotted for two (2) Farm Tractor targeted. As a result, only one (1) unit farm tractor was procured to accommodate the said requested machineries.

These interventions under the Organic Agriculture Program provided a notable help to organic practitioner, local government and farmers’ association in contributing sustainable agriculture and supply of organic products in the markets.