14th Organic Farmersí Festival
The four-day Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival opens today at the Capitol Grounds in Bacolod City.
On its 14th year, the festival is the longest-running fair and exhibit showcasing organic farm product s in the country.
Almost 100 exhibitors are expected to display their organic farm product in the festival that ends on Saturday.
The festival, hosted by the Province of Negros Occidental, affirms Negros’ position as the organic agriculture capital of the country.
It is themed, “Organic is LIFE, or Love, Integrity, Fairness and Ecology”.
The main attraction of the festival – the Organic Product s Fair and Exhibits – will open at 9 a.m. with Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, as guest.
The opening program follows the motorcade and Thanksgiving Mass.
Also expected at the opening program is Jerry Dionson, a Bago City native, who is a Board member for the Visayas of the National Organic Agriculture Board and Andrew Palomar, regional organic agriculture focal person.
The opening program will be highlighted by the awarding of outstanding organic practitioners, focal persons, LGUs and other stakeholders who have contributed to the development of organic farming in the province.
The organic product fair and exhibit runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Partnering with the Capitol for the organic farming celebration are the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - Asia, Asian Local Governments for Organic Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture, Province of Negros Oriental, Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry, LGUs, non-government organizations, peoples organizations as well as organic practitioners, producers, processors.
Other activities during the festival are technical seminar, including health benefits of organic food, organic food cooking demonstrations as well as the competitions on poster making and the quiz bee.
The Provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental joined forces to initiate a sustainable organic agriculture program designed to transform Negros Island into an “Organic Food Bowl in Asia”.
Negros has about 7,500 farmers engaged in organic agricultural practices. About 10,000 has. in the island are devoted to organic farming.*
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