Organic Farming is the sustainable solution to uplift the lives of the farmers.
The farmers remain as one of the poorest sectors in the country with the highest poverty incidence in 2015 at 34.3 percent according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This is driven by their perennial concern on high farming cost and low yield.
NAPC believes that there should be an agricultural shift in the country to Organic Farming from Chemical-based Farming due to the following reasons: high cost of production in chemical-based farming resulting to low farm net income, health hazard on the part of the producers and consumers and environmental reason like deterioration of soil and agro-ecological balances.
This is supported by Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 that was enacted last April 6, 2010 to promote and implement organic agriculture practices in the country that will enrich the fertility of the soil to increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, and prevent the depletion of natural resources. Organic agriculture paves the way for opportunities that are geared towards ensuring food security nationwide.
One of the advocacy programs that the Secretary had the chance to learn about was ““kaPALAYapaan” presented by Col. RJ Rojas from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“KaPALAYapaan” is one of the best practices (program) of the 4th Infantry Division of AFP to empower the farmers who were in the war torn and NPA infested areas and it aims to provide solution to the perennial issue of the farmers which is the “High Cost, Low Yield”; to help and assist the farmers on how to increase their yield; to help the farmers to have less vulnerable crop failure caused by plant pests and diseases; and to protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health. NAPC fully supports “KaPALAYapaan” because it may be one of the sustainable solutions to ensure food security and alleviate poverty in the country.