The Espinosa family doesn’t have much of what rich people have. But they have considered organic farming as their valuable possession.

Residing in Lower Mabuhay, Bansalan, Davao del Sur, the Espinosa’s were conferred as the outstanding organic farming family during the 2017 Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) and was shortlisted in the 2017 National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC).

Their family is different from conventional farmers because they choose not to use any chemicals on their farm. This means that they never spray their fields with pesticides or any kind of chemical fertilizers. This also means that they never give their animals any non-organic feed.

I have one hectare farmland and all that were planted are pure organic. All our animals were fed using organic base feeds,” Espinosa said.

With a total of 136,649 hectares of agricultural land, Davao del Sur was able to convert 14,145.07 hectares to organic, benefiting 11,305 farmers all over the province.

The province was cited as outstanding province in the 2016 National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) held in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte .

Raul Fueconcillo, Davao del Sur provincial agriculturist said the prize won in the 2016 NOAC which is P3 million was divided to 14 organic farmers associations.

The project of the province consists of financial assistance to organic farmers’ associations, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organization (POs), indigenous people (IPs) as well as cooperatives; the improvement/upgrading of the existing Trichoderma Laboratory for the production of organic fertilizers; construction/renovation of Provincial Nursery Office with Warehouse; production and utilization of Compost Fungus Activator (Trichoderma harzianum) and other Organic Agriculture Programs; establishment of techno-demo projects on Organic Agriculture Program at the Provincial Nursery, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) has converted 35,786.18 has. out of the 5% targeted agricultural area (35,788 has.) devoted to Organic Agriculture in Region 11. In all organic commodities, OAP produced 3,210.91 MT of Organic Products with 21 market niche/reach destinations, both local and international. To date, Region 11 has eleven (11) third party certified farms/establishment and processors, and a total of 23,189 organic adopters and practitioners. For Institutional Development and Strengthening, there were 4 Provinces, 6 cities and 36 municipalities with Organic Ordinance and a total of 52 Local Technical Committees.