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DA-BSWM upholds organic soil ammendments for sustainable farming

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
September 01, 2016

The Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) And Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) recently held the Seminar on Organic Soil Amendments and Their Effects on Soil and Crop Productivity on August 26, 2016 at BSWM Convention Hall.

The BSWM is one of the implementing agencies of the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) focusing on organic input research, production and utilization; and soil fertility management in organic production systems.

With the Department engaged in Organic Agriculture Program (OAP), a clear understanding of the effect of organic soil amendments on soil and crop productivity is vital to the OAP research and development.

According to The World of Organic Agriculture (IFOAM & FiBL) 2014, 164 countries are actively involved in organic agriculture wherein the Philippines ranks as the 5th leading organic practitioner in Asia and the largest at that in the ASEAN region (80,974 ha).

Among the projects conducted by the BSWM for the OAP are the establishment of composting facilities, validation and geotagging of composting facilities, soil fertility mapping in upland areas (Pangasinan, Bohol and Davao del Norte), conduct of R & D on OA, upgrading of National (BSWM) Soils Laboratory and development and dissemination of IEC materials on different organic fertilizer production technologies and soil management.

Former National Program Coordinator for Organic Agriculture Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada commended the joint venture of BSWM with JICA and JAEC in their initiative in promoting organic soil amendments.

"Sustainable soil management needs complex and appropriate practices and all efforts must be made to efficiently contrast soil degradation. And thankfully a wide array of organic soil amendments that will save our soils and contribute to crop productivity will be discussed throughout this seminar," Tejada said.

JAEC Secretary General Takashi Yoshikawa also presented the progress of the ongoing Safe Crop and Animal Farming Technology Dissemination Project in the Philippines, a new JICA-JAEC-DA project which aims to improve the vegetable production and marketing technology in the country.

The seminar was successfully concluded with the presentation of updates on researches in mokusaku technology in the Calabarzon areas.

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