Philippines are working to make organic products more affordableStaff writer ▼ | December 1, 2015
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is consistently working on making organic products more affordable to bring them to the table of all Filipinos by pushing more farmers to go organic, its top official said.
Ecology Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala:
Currently, organic products are still expensive only because the supply is limited and insufficient to meet the market demand, he said.
“The department continues to encourage backyard farmers to practice organic farming system even just for their family consumption,” Alcala said, noting that by going organic, production cost and input value are being lessened.
DA records showed that the country is still below the five percent target in terms of farms devoted to organic. The market share of organic product is still not huge, yet is moving and continues to snowball, Alcala said.
Marañon said that in terms of certification, the Philippines will get assistance from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) which was assured by its president Andre Leu, who is in the province for the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress.
There are already organic farms in the province that are IFOAM-certified, he added. ■