Monday, May 31, 2010

The Third Pinoy Organic Festival

Advocates of the organic culture showcased a host of different products and technologies in the Third Pinoy Organic Festival held at the AANI Herbal Garden and Livelihood Center at the Quezon Memorial Circle last May 28–30.

The event was also held as a celebration of the passage of the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law (RA 10068), expected to give a boost to the efforts of various groups in promoting and supporting organic farming and gardening.

One of the major highlights of the festival was a trade fair, which featured various organic products currently available in the market, including fresh and processed farm produce. Several seminars were also conducted and a public forum was slated on the second day to discuss RA 10068.

Speakers for three-day event included Senator Miguel Zubiri, who is also the guest of honor and speaker and the principal author of the Organic Agriculture Law, discussed “The Opportunities and Challenges of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010,” as well as the budget allocation that will go together with the passage of the law.

Representatives Proceso Alacala of Quezon, Ibrahim Mitra of Palawan, and Leonardo Montemayor of the ABA Party List and Federation of Free Farmers, and Sec. Bernie Fondevilla helmed the public discussion regarding RA 10068.

Mr. Raymond Rubia, Mr. Jun Catan (of Mapecon), and representatives from Amway and Costales Nature’s Farm (Majayjay, Laguna) served as the panel for a discussion on organic and natural fertilizers, vermiculture, vermicast in organic agricultural production, and organic liquid fertilizers.

Organic livestock production, meanwhile, was discussed by an expert from the Laguna Organic Farm, followed by a discussion by Ms. Teresa Saniano about integrated organic rice systems.

Aside from the discussions and seminars, organic farming projects such as The Villegas Organic and Hobby Farm in Malvar, Batangas; the Leonie Agri Corporation, an Organic Certification Center of the Philippines certified farm; the Platinum Island Farm in Tanay, Rizal; and the Santuario de la Natividad Farm, Inc., were also presented.

For more information, contact Ms. Desiree Segovia at 0918-8001728 or 0905-3422265 for more information. You can also get in-touch with Ms. Rhoda Galos at 497-2755. Visit their website at 


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