NegOcc pushes for organic farming

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The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental encourages local farmers to venture into organic farming.

Misconceptions on organic agriculture have stopped the farmers from shifting to the technology, said Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino.

“There is a three-year conversion period. But one can recover what they spent when they implement the technology,” according to him.

Masculino said the demand for organic products is huge, adding that they cost more than the conventional products. (

“There is also a health issue if we will not go organic. We must consider the effects of fertilization and spraying – this is one of the causes that shorten one’s lifespan,” he said.

The provincial government, meanwhile, will allocate P16 million for the establishment of an organic warehouse in Bago City.

Masculino said the project, which is expected to be completed next year, will include equipment to enhance the organic produce.