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.
He said people must know that the organic movement in the province started in the 1980s through the initiatives of non-government organizations promoting the use of alternative farming technologies.
The village also tells people that farmers are selling chemical-free products that are freshly-picked from their farms and are sold at competitive prices, Uy also said.
Uy said the establishment of the village is another venue for farmers to meet different clients and buyers.
Local farmers and producers also have their organic festival held every fourth quarter of the year, he added.
However, he said, producers also need the support of the consumers because they dictate the supply of products in the market.
He said Negrense farmers have big markets in Tacloban, Puerto Princesa, Davao, and Manila but need to consolidate the small farmers to meet the demand of the consumers.*LTG