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Benguet group joins organic gab

Town officials from Benguet province arrived in Bacolod City yesterday to join a seminar on organic farming.

The group was headed by Mayor Ruben Paoad of Tublay, Benguet.

Paoad said they chose to come to Negros because it is first among the provinces in the country in organic farming and technology.

He was awed at the resilience and perseverance of the organic farmers of the province, Paoad said.

Paoad said his group wants to acquire the techniques and skills of the leading organic farmers in the province. The urgency of the calls to divert farms to organic farming for health, economic and natural reasons drove his group to make the trip, he said. The seminar was part of his town officials’ Lakbay Aral program, he added.

The seminar was conducted at May’s Garden in Brgy, Tangub with the host and owner Ramon Uy as the speaker on organic farming, product branding and market innovations.

Uy briefed the 42-member group on the basics of organic farming and its benefits to the farmers.

Uy advised them to seek help from government to find out where they can obtain machines and equipment for food processing on a grant basis. He also explained the benefits of innovative branding to demand higher prices.

Tublay Municipal Agriculturist, Jeffrey Sotero said the seminar convinced him to call the local farmers of Tublay to shift to organic farming. He and Paoad are planning to tap the expertise of Uy and his farm experts and ask them to visit their place and give comprehensive trainings and seminars to the vegetables farmers, Sotero said.*MNM

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