The Organic Farmers Festival celebration in Negros is the biggest organic festival in Southeast Asia, Ramon Uy, Jr., president of Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association, said in a press release from the Capitol.
This is in line with the organic movement thrust of the Negros Island to be the organic food bowl of Asia, the press release said.
More local stakeholders expressed support and participation and more than 150 exhibitors are expected at this year’s celebration that kicks off Thursday.
Schools from all over the province will participate in the celebration and join various activities such as quiz bee, extemporaneous speaking, song writing competition, poster-making contest, and hand-painting contest.
This year’s theme, “Rediscovering Culture and Tradition of Food for a Sustainable Future” gives importance to locally-produced food that are sources of natural nutrients and medicinal properties, the press release said.
It also gives importance to the indigenous people in Negros and organic farmers who are local food producers of organic foods, it also said.
Forums on organic farming and a symposium on the effects of climate change will also be part of the festival, the press release also said.*