Surigao City - “Let’s help make Caraga an organic region”.
This was an appeal from Regional Executive Director Edna M. Mabeza of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 during the Organic Agriculture Year-end Assessment held in Mount Bagarabon, Mabua, Surigao City last December 9-10, 2011.
Mabeza said that organic agriculture should be given utmost priority as a centerpiece project of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to attain not just sufficiency in food but healthy as well.
She said that all stakeholders should be hand in hand in pushing for organic farming based on Private-Public-Partnership (PPP).
She stressed that local government units, the Department of Agriculture, non government organizations as well as the religious sector are equally important in pushing organic agriculture in the country.
“We have the same goals which is to uplift our living conditions, so we should have go hand in hand on this endeavor”, Mabeza said.
She also commended the effort of all staff engaged in organic program having attaining the unparalled success despite of implementing it in the region for less that five months ago.
It was learned that as of December 2011, Regional Organic Agriculture Focal Person Rebecca Atega had received and acted upon around 105 proposals from LGUs and non government organizations.
Mabeza said that battlecry of the department of agriculture is not just to increase production but also the income of the farmers. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)