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Bulacan promotes organic farming
Thursday, 04 October 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS— Securing availability and accessibility of food for Bulakenyos, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado leads the promotion of organic agriculture as part of the observance of Food Security Month.

He said that organic agriculture responses to some environmental concern and can help in the sustainability of agriculture sector.

“We are establishing eight learning sites which include educating our farmers about vermi composting and preparation of natural inputs like fish amino acid and herbal or botanical pesticide,” said Alvarado.

He added that they are conducting Integrated Techno Demo for organic rice, vegetable and goat production which will benefit stakeholders from the City of Malolos, Pulilan, Plaridel, Norzagaray, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, Sta. Maria, Bustos and Calumpit.

Provincial Agriculturist Gloria Carrillo added that part of the activities for Food Security Month is the continuing crop production program which aims to increase yield, income and productivity on palay, vegetable, corn, root crops and plantation crops.

“We provide assistance on the establishments of community seed banks, distribute farm equipment and post-harvest facilities, conducts on-going season long farmers field school on palay check system and offer technical assistance to our 21 municipalities and three cities,” she added.

They also conduct seminars and trainings in coastal municipalities to upgrade fisher folks’ knowledge on aquaculture.

Also, the Provincial Veterinary Office pushes for strict monitoring on compliance of the National Meat Inspection Service rules and regulation on slaughterhouse operations in the province.

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang, they are gathering all meat inspectors, market masters and slaughterhouse supervisors for a meeting to discuss with them slaughterhouse policies and regulation as well as hygienic handling of newly slaughtered meat in markets and cleanliness and sanitation in meat stalls.

“We will award meat safety assurance tarpaulins to markets complying with the policies so that people will become more aware on meat safety,” added Basinang.

He added that this is also part of the celebration of Meat Safety and Consciousness Week which starts from October 15 to 19. ###

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