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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Organic farming summit to be held in Tarlac

Natural and organic farming in the Philippines will get a big boost with the holding of the 8th National Organic Agriculture Conference (NOAC) in Tarlac City from November 9 to 11, where hundreds of organic farming practitioners, advocates and enthusiasts from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are set to meet.


This year’s NOAC theme is “Organic Farming: Towards Food Sufficiency and Healthy Environment,” which clearly supports the vision of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for the country’s agriculture sector.


Tarlac Governor Victor Yap said that his province’s hosting the conference will give a boost in organic farming activities in his locality. “This will definitely improve our organic way of farming in the province.


The technology we can gather from the best farmers in the country is to our advantage,” the governor said.


The conference will have sessions that will tackle the following: Global Organic Market Access Project; state of organic farming in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; implementation of Republic Act No. 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010; Organic Farming in National Convergence Initiative Sites; organic farming in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and updates on the formulation of the Organic Agriculture Roadmap.

A trade fair and product exhibit showcasing organic agriculture will also a sidelight of the event. Display and sales of various organic agriculture and health products will be held during the three-day event. A technical study tour to organic agriculture projects in Tarlac will culminate the event. Veron Hernandez, PSciJourn Mega Manila

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