NUREMBERG, Germany – With Germany being the “Country of the Year” in the Organic Agriculture industry, BIOFACH 2017 was held last February 15-18, 2017 to enjoin the various stakeholders from different countries to further discuss ideas for a more efficient implementation of Organic Agriculture. National Program Coordinator- Engr. Christopher V. Morales presented the implementation of the National Organic Agriculture Program in the country.
Best practices in government support of organic agriculture
Engr. Morales presented the implementation and accomplishments of the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP). The data presented during the forum was based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data and the NOAP Monitoring Unit.
The world of organic agriculture at BIOFACH 2017
In this session, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) presented the latest data on Organic Agriculture worldwide, regulation and market trends. It was evident that the other countries do not only focus on production inputs but also more on marketing and consumer awareness which is also a priority of the Program for 2017.
The certification process was also discussed during the forum as it is also important to ensure the quality and identity of the organic products. The recognition of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) was also conferred as another avenue and support to provide evidence that farms have been following organic practices.
During the trade fair, most of the products are locally and internationally certified. 7 companies from the Philippines participated in the trade fair showcasing the country’s top organic commodities including Virgin Coconut Oil, sugar and syrup.
The BIOFACH 2018 will be held on February 14-17, 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Photos from: NürnbergMesse (www.biofach.de/en/press/media-library/photos) and Engr. Christopher V. Morales