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SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) Executive Director Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar led the blessing and inauguration of the P4M Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center inside the 76 hectare DA RFO 5 compound here on October 21, 2016.

“Producing food while sustaining the ecological balance is the best legacy the TAPFPAT can give to our present and future generations,” says Elmer S. Salazar, Manager of The Agri Planters and Food Processors Association of Tigaon (TAPFPAT).

The Hagahag Farm is certainly a pride of Goa and the whole province of Camarines Sur when it comes to organic farming. Owned by a sexagenarian, Mang Edilberto Abad, his age and the remoteness of the farm did not deter him to develop his 2.5 hectare upland farm into an organic showcase. His upland farm in barangay San Pedro is a 6 kilometers trek from the main road of Goa, along a narrow unpaved, rocky bypassed road accessible only to carabao-drawn carts or “door-to-door” motorcycle.

The Provincial Government of Albay in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Bicol launched the Albay Based Food Production Program (AFBFPP) on March 8, 2017 at the Albay Astrodome this province. With the theme ”Mahal ko ang Pamilya ko, kaya Go Organic ako” ,the activity aimed to provide sustainable, healthy food for every family particularly in Albay through the establishment of organic vegetable gardens in every barangay and the creation of a pool of well-trained coordinators for bio Intensive gardening who will monitor the said organic gardens. A search for outstanding community vegetable garden will be conducted later.

With the active collaboration, partnership and cooperation among organic agriculture stakeholders, the region was able to accomplish numerous activities in support to the attainment of the programs objectives. To date around 23,209 hectares are devoted to organic farming in the region of which almost 5,000 hectares are 3rd party certified, with a total volume of around 67,960mt. Majority of the certified farms are coconut which are processed into cocowater, vinegar and cocosugar followed by pigmented rice being supplied to almost 800 distributors/supermarkets nationwide.