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Bacolod City, PhilippinesSaturday, May 16, 2009
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‘Organic agriculture
can boost economy’

An organic farming advocate lawmaker yesterday said that the promotion of natural agriculture will help the country have a more stable economy, particularly among its Asian neighbors.

“With organic agriculture, we are going back to basics but it is the only way that will help us overtake our neighbors,” Rep. Prospero Alcala (Quezon, 2nd District), said.

Alcala was in Bacolod City yesterday as part of a nationwide public consultation effort for pending organic agriculture bills in Congress.

We can easily export organic products because there is the assurance that they are safe, Alcala told representatives of natural farming groups from around the Visayas.

The solon explained that if farmers buy organic materials, they can help sustain the cycle of finances and boost the country’s economy.

In contrast, Alcala, who has led his district sustain natural farming since he first became a congressman five years ago, said that if crop growers will patronize modified seeds and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, they will just enrich multi-national companies “who will leave once they have profited enough.”

While Asian countries like Hong Kong and Singapore cash in on tourism, the Philippines can bank on its land’s fertility, Alcala said, noting that plants easily grow around the country even those whose seeds were just haphazardly thrown in untilled lands.*PP

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