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A total of 8,368.57 ha of organic areas converted this year. This represents 170 percent increase in areas practicing organic(targeted).

The accomplishment is contributed by the program’s implementation of various services such as Production Support, Marketing Development, Extension Support, Education, & Training and Agricultural & Fishery Machinery, Equipment, & Facilities Support Services.

Production Support Services:

To help boost the production of organic products, the program provides production support which helps our farmers in practicing organic agriculture(OA).

The program has distributed the followings seeds: registered and colored rice seeds (16,000kg), open pollinated variety(OPV) corn (3,000kg) and OPV vegetable (50kg).

Farming inputs like fertilizers, molasses (1,200liters each) and african night crawler (100kg) were also distributed to organic practitioners.

Farmers are engaging in producing fertilizer to reduce its production cost at the same time using environmental-friendly fertilizer such vermicompost, vermicast, vermitea and concoctions (NFTS). Thus, organic farmers are already selling their produce to other farmers and became additional sources of their income.

 

These production support services were distributed in the region specifically those areas declared as organic zones which contributes to the 5% committed for the organic agriculture area.

Distribution of Starter Seeds to the LGU Magallanes represented by MA Cabiad (center) together with Enosencio Minguez, DA-Rice Staff

Distribution of Starter Seeds to the LGU Magallanes represented by MA Cabiad (center) together with Enosencio Minguez, DA-Rice Staff

Extension Support, Education, & Training:

Organic farmers/ practitioners were empowered by conducting trainings such as the Capability Building on OA Stakeholders and other extension services. The said activities encouraged the farmers leading them to organic 3rd party certification.

Information and Education Campaign (IEC) materials were disseminated to raise awareness on farming community. The program through the information section was to able to make and produce 2,500 copies of IEC’s. Success stories in Bislig City and the province of Surigao del Sur were also documented to encourage adaptability to other farmers.

In celebration of the 2nd OA Month, the program also conducted its Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) last November 10- 11, 2016 at Dotties Place, Butuan City. The congress aims to gather Caraganon’s organic practitioner and share their success stories and best practices towards others.

During the 8th Agricultural Extension Workers(AEW) Congress last October 26- 28, 2016 at Almont Resort, Butuan City, the DA- Caraga recognized regional awardees for their valuable contribution of the programs implementation. Regional awardees were: MLGU-San Francisco, ADS (Municipal Category); Foundation for the Development of Agusanons Inc. in Prosperidad, ADS (Group Category); and Cabatana’s Family in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur (Family-Farming Category).

Last November 23-25, 2016, the DA-Caraga OAP team has sent fifty (50) delegates to the National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Farmers, indigenous people, student and DA staff were participated in the congress.

This has taught them innovations and awareness of the program’s current issues and concerns.

National Organic Cooking Contest was then organized wherein Caraga Team won the 1st place(Dessert Category) and 2nd place(Main Dish Category) respectively.

Agricultural Farm Machineries Equipment and Facilities:

The program also delivered and installed machineries and equipment to boost farm produced. This includes: 50 units of Knapsack Sprayer, five (5) units of pinawa rice huller, five (5) units of sap extractors and (5) units Feed Pelletizing Machines. The numerous requests of vermicomposting facilities has made the program to decide in procuring twelve (12) units.   

Although, challenges were encountered during the implementation of the program but still adhere with the objectives, goals and vision of the program by looking forward, planning ahead and remain optimistic to reach the fullest potential for a profitable organic industry and healthy rural communities. CY 2016 is another year of success by the program can never be made possible without those persons responsible for its implementation. The all out support of the LGU’s, attached agencies and bureaus (ATI, BFAR, DTI), all DA-RFO XIII staff and most especially the organic farmers/ practitioners who made significant contribution for the programs implementation.