The creation of the Organic Village sa Panaad means that Negros Occidental is really the leader of organic agriculture in the Philippines, Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organic na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association, said yesterday.
Uy said the village is composed of a market-market, a restaurant section, and the forum area, where buyers see what it is like to visit an organic village.
“We are brining the organic village to the Panaad Festival because we vwant to show to everyone why Negros Occidental is the leader of organic agriculture in the Philippines,” he said.
readied for fish growers
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is readying aquaculture protocols to be distributed to fish farmers around the country starting with organic fish farming practices.
Erwin Pador, head of the aquaculture section of BFAR-6, said this yesterday at the Organic Farming Techno Forum at the organic village that is part of the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
He said shifting from conventional to organic fish farming is like going back to the basics. Fertilizers and processed foods are readily available in conventional fish farming while the organic practice uses natural materials, he also said.
Full foreign ownership
of public utilities pushed
The Philippines is asked to allow full foreign ownership in restricted industries to attract billions of dollars of investments at the same time bring down costs.
“The best is a lot of playing field and up to 100 percent (foreign ownership),” said John Forbes, senior adviser of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Is it always better to have a lot of competition. But the choice on the Philippines historically for these (public) utilities has been to reserve it to the local companies. And the competition among local companies is limited,” he added.