Regional Trade Department promotes natural farming

Apr. 26, 2010

TAGUM CITY—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is promoting natural farming and the use of healthy fertilizer through hands-on training and seminars on organic micro-nutrients and fertilizer processing.

The DTI Davao del Norte field office (DNFO) recently conducted a one-day training and seminar for the officials of Konsumo Tagum and other business sectors at the ceremonial hall of Capitol Bldg. in Mankilam this city.

“We almost eat plastics,” said Arnulfo J. Ganaan, Consumer Welfare and Trade Division (CWTRD) officer, in jest. He cited the chicken industry as an example of a booming business, as many Filipinos love to eat chicken. “Unknowingly, the hormones injected in those meat products are being indirectly transferred to human beings or the consumers,” he said.

“If we don’t care for our consumers, we will die a natural death,” Ganaan added.

“We encourage everyone to go back to the basics. We want to promote organic and natural farming to heighten people’s awareness that inorganic or synthetic food products are unhealthy for us,” said Nenita S. Nazareno, DTI-DNFO provincial director. Nazareno added that organic farming is more than a healthy lifestyle. If well practiced, it can be a good source of profit too.

Erick Cezar Elipian of DTI – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) department, stressed that there is a need to change our lifestyle. “A lot of illnesses are sprouting from eating synthesized and hormone-induced meat products,” he said. “Through learning how to make your own farm inputs such as organic fertilizers, you can assure your families of healthy food,” Elipian said.

Konsumo Tagum officer Victorina Flores-Buchan was grateful and said she learned a lot from the seminar, including new technologies in fertilizer processing and natural farming. Flores-Buchan said it would be a big help for them.

The participants were taught how to produce organic micro-nutrients farm inputs such as: indigenous micro organism (IMO 1), fermented plant juice (FPJ), fermented fruit juices (FFJ), fish amino acid (FAA), calcium phosphate (3 C’s). They also learned about natural insect attractants and other herbal remedies for individuals with hypertension and diabetes.

The seminar is under DTI’s program on Consumer Advocacy for Safe and Healthy (Cash) Lifestyle. Nazareno said that Cash has been an unwavering project of DTI since 2008 and has served many municipalities and cities in the province in its advocacy of providing natural food to consumers through the natural way of farming and processing organic fertilizers. (PIA-XI)

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