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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.
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As part of the implementation of the RA 10068 or Organic Agriculture Act, the government, through the National Organic Agriculture Program, shall provide incentives for the farmers and producers as support to further propagate Organic Agriculture in the country.
The provision of certification subsidy is issued to encourage entities – farmers and input producers to comply with the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture by applying for third-party certification.
Organic Certification is given through the accredited Organic Certifying Bodies (OCBs) of the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BAFS).
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Last November 2016, the Department of Agriculture- National Organic Agriculture Program celebrated the 2nd Organic Agriculture Month with the theme “Organikong Pamamaraan: Para sa Kaunlaran ng Mamamayan at ng Kalikasan”. The theme encompasses how Organic Agriculture can address the timely issue on Climate Change and how OA ensures environmental sustainability and safe food for the Filipinos by eliminating the use of chemicals in producing organic products.