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MINSOFS First Mindanao Sustainable Organic Agriculture Congress and Agro Eco-Tourism Fair Set in Dumingag

By Ginalyn S. Rivera
February 24, 2012




(Top) Guests and organizers of the event; (Bottom-right) Crowd of the participating farmers, agriculturists, students and other farm lovers; (Bottom-left) Teacher and Students from JHCSC School exhibit the school’s organic agriculture products
There were at least 322 participants that attended the Mindanao Network for Sustainable Organic Farming Systems (MINSOFS) First Mindanao Sustainable Organic Agriculture Congress and Agro Eco-Tourism Fair set in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. The event drew farmers, agriculturists, students, organic farming lovers and other who are engaged in sustainable organic agriculture held last February 19 to 22, 2012.

The theme of the activity was “Towards Building a Stronger Sustainable Organic Agriculture in Mindanao,” which aims to offer platforms and build bridges between organic agriculture practitioners in Mindanao, promote the interests of organic producers while emphasizing sustainability and consumer welfare and essentially to provide a platform to raise public consciousness on the positive impacts of sustainable agriculture practices.

The said congress invited speakers from the Government and Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) who promote organic farming technologies. They were from Magsasaka at Siyantipiko para sa Pag-Unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG), Organic Fertilizer Production Project (OFPP), Social Enhancing Restoring Values for Integral Community Empowerment (SERVICE), Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT) and Southest Asia Regional Initiative for Community Empowerment (SEARICE). They were able to discuss organic programs, organic governance and policy, organic practices, participatory guaranteed system and community seed banking.

To showcase different techniques in different technologies and innovation, the congress featured Experiential Based Demonstration on the making of Veggie Meat, Adlay Cultivation, making of different Biofertilizers, Pelletizer, Rice Breeding, producing Carbonazed Rice Hull, and planting Hole-Based Cassava. This was done simultaneously with the Guided Tours routed to different sites and organic farms in Dumingag.

“This activity will lead farmer-leaders, students and other farming lovers to switch back from the conventional to organic farming which is more environment friendly and sustainable method of farming,” Mayor Pacalioga said.

He is indeed very grateful that Dumingag was chosen to be the venue of the Mindanao-wide organic farming activity.

There are still 19 organizations that signified their interests on the said organic farming network.

MINSOFS was organized under the advocacy of the Asian Network for Sustainable Organic Farming Technology (ANSOFT), one of the two PAN-ASIA Projects of the Korean-based Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI). This was conceived as a unified front to address various issues and challenges related to organic farming technology, policy advocacies and marketing concerns in Mindanao. In the Philippines, the ANSOFT Principal Investigator is Rodelio B. Carating of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

By June this year, Philippines might host again the annual conference for AFACI with representatives from 12-member country. Likewise, the next venue for the second Mindanao Organic Congress is yet to be finalized. For more announcements, please visit www.bswm.gov.ph/minsofs.





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