Farmers are assured that shifting from conventional farming to organic farming will increase their production, Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr., Mayor of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, said yesterday.
Pacalioga was in Bacolod City as one of the speakers of the 6 th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival.
He said his town started organic farming in 2007 with only about 20 farmers practicing it. After four years, Dumingag now has 500 farmers who practice organic farming, he added.
Pacalioga said they are now shifting from conventional to organic farming because the gains are higher but production expenses are lower.
“Organic farming also answers food sufficiency and security, and that farmers should not doubt its economic gains because we made it,” Pacalioga said.
Dumingag has an agricultural structure and is producing 57 varieties of rice, five of which are developed with palatable and nutritious taste that are sold even in other cities like Osamis and Pagadian, he also said.
Other products produced in Dumingag are organic cassava, corn, and vegetables, Pacalioga added.
He encouraged farmers in Negros Occidental to venture into organic farming because there is a sustainable gain and increase in production.
It can be done as long as farmers are equipped with the right farming techniques, complete preparation, and making use of indigenous materials, Pacalioga said.
“Organic farming is the solution to liberate farmers from poverty and hunger,” he added.*LTG