Issue of October 23, 2011
Mt. Province

102nd Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Organic agriculture to solve demand for healthy products
by Liza Agoot

Organic farming will address the nation’s increasing demand for healthy agricultural products and better yield.

The Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea in a seminar participated in by researchers said that organic farming helps in increasing the nation’s produce as they advocate for healthier environment and better agricultural produce by 2015.

Dr. Lee Byung-Mo said that rice yields produced through the organic method were “very good” and that it effectively controlled weeds and improved the soil’s health.

He said that they have high yield for rice even if they do organic farming because of their ability to supply the plant nutrients, meets fertilizer demands, and have excellent crop protection techniques.

He said that Korea’s organic approach includes the use of green manure and rice herbicide-free farming incorporating plastic film mulching, and rice systems such as rice-snail, rice-duck, and rice-bran.

The said technology has gotten the interest of PhilRice scientists and experts here, particularly the rice-bran farming system, which cuts down the technology cost. Estimates show that a farmer would shell out P25,000 worth of bran to adequately fertilize a hectare.

In Korea, the professor said that bran is converted to powder-form or pellets and scattered into the paddies during the planting season to help prevent weed growth and boost the nutrient content of the soil.

About 2,500 rice bran is needed in a hectare of rice field that must be coupled with other organic materials to fully attain the fertilized condition of the soil. 

Korea is assisting the Philippines on its goal to nail rice self-sufficiency by 2013 through the Korean Project for International Agriculture Center, hosted at PhilRice’s Experimental Station in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

To be implemented until 2013, the center will host trainings on rice and rice-based cropping systems and farm mechanization for Filipino researchers, extension officers, and farmers. Korea will also send its experts and scientists to PhilRice while qualified Filipino rice workers will be trained in Korea.

It can be recalled that the region has been producing organic rice, which are indigenous and popularly known as heirloom, grown in various provinces of the region.

Organic rice production consists eight percent of the region’s total rice production, which while minimal, contributes to the rice production as well as the exports of the country.

Among the organic rice produced are the uskil, kotinaw, balatinaw, chorchor-os, korel, and ominio from the Mountain Province.

Benguet produces the kintoman, lasbaki, lablabi, bongkitan, balatinaw, kabal, dikalot, gal-ong and the kalipago.

Ifugao however produces the tinawon, minaangan and the maknongan while Kalinga produces the unoy, balatinaw and the bina-ay rice varieties.

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Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
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National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
New Media Services
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Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
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Curamed Pharmacy
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Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
Ganza & Solibao Restaurants
Gen. Benjie B. Magalong
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Nagomi Spa
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Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori, Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
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