Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro - Dr. Chito Medina, member of the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) and Ms. Marites Dimaculangan, NOAB Secretariat member together with the DA 4-B Organic team had visited some organic farms in the provinces of Mindoro to assess the progress and accomplishments with regard to the implementation of Organic Agriculture Program. The NOAB, a policy-making body, provides directions and guidelines for the implementation of the National Organic Agricultural Program (NOAP), which will help promote organic agriculture in the country. The Organic Agriculture Act, otherwise known as R.A. 10068, was signed into law on April 2010 to boost the country's organic farming sector.

In MIMAROPA, there are already several organic demo farms established in all the provinces of the region. Each qualified applicant had already received cash assistance from DA Region 4-B as grant in establishing organic farming in their locality. Some of these farms are already producing organic products while others are just starting to produce. In Oriental Mindoro alone, there are about four or five coops and institutions that engaged in organic farming and convincing more people to venture in it.

For instance, the Mindoro Kabuhayan Foundation Inc. (MKFI) in Calapan City is a non-government organization with 5,000 members and 80,000 beneficiaries. They produce assorted organic vegetables which they sell in the city and nearby municipalities. The Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), an academic institution is now adopting the program and is currently producing organic vegetables in their green houses. They also allotted hectares of land adjacent to the campus devoted to organic rice program.

The Victoria Organic Farmers Assn. (VOFA) in the municipality of Victoria which is composed of several farmers are now in full blast with regard to project implementation. They are now opening more spaces for their vegetable area expansion to meet the demands for the organic produce. 
Meanwhile, the Oriental Mindoro Agricultural Experiment Station (ORMAES), is also a recipient of the program where hectares of land are also planted to organic rice. They have also a spacious area for raising several heads of native hogs both for fattening and breeding purposes. They adopt the profitable, innovative growing system known as odorless piggery. 

On the other hand, Occidental Mindoro is also implemented the Organic Farming program. The Mindoro Allium Growers' Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the municipality of Magsaysay is in the process of producing vermi-compost, while the LGU of San Jose is developing an area for Organic products. They have a plan of making the area a one-stop mini park where organic enthusiasts, students and visitors can have a tour and could unwind during holidays.

ATTY. CIPRIANO G. SANTIAGO, CESO III
Regional Executive Director

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