Experts in organic agriculture in the country will talk on the advantages and of their experiences on organic farming during the 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival slated next week in Bacolod City.
Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, yesterday said Rodolfo Fernandez, Rafael Lopa, Robert Calingo, and Pacita Juan, have been invited to the activity.
Fernandez is the focal person on organic agriculture of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research.
Lopa, who is the executive director of Philippine Business for Social Progress, will discuss corporate social responsibility and mainstreaming of organic agriculture.
Calingo, executive director for Peace and Equity Foundation, will discuss social enterprise, while Juan, president of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc., will talk about putting up successful coffee shops.
Genzola said the lectures and forums will provide farmers and local businessmen new ideas and techniques in improving their businesses and will open new ventures and investments in Negros Occidental.
She said the festival has provided ways for the province to be known as the primary advocate and promoter of organic farming after the two provinces in Negros Island (Oriental and Occidental) signed a memorandum of agreement in 2005, making the island the organic food bowl in Asia.
Other scheduled speakers are Dr. Albert Jo, Pamela Henares of Buru Buru Farms, Robert Gasparillo of Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation, Rebecca Rascon, Department of Trade and Industry provincial head, and Mayor Nacianceno Pacalloga Jr. of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.*LTG