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Philippines: Department of Agriculture to Support Organic Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said it will allocate an initial 900 million Philippine Pesos (approx. 15 million Euros) to boost the country’s organic agriculture program.

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, in a speech during the 7th National Organic Agriculture Congress in Lucena City, said the money will be used to jumpstart the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 or Republic Act No. 10068. This act seeks to create the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB), a policy-making body that will provide direction and general guidelines for the implementation of the national organic agriculture program.

Alcala said the Department's of Agriculture (da.gov.ph) funding will help address major issues concerning the program including policy formulation and registration, accreditation, certification, and labeling; research and development; promotion; and program implementation and provision and delivery of support services to farmers and other stakeholders.

Source: gmanews.tv

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According to the latest survey on organic agriculture world-wide (data 2008), approximately 16'000 hectares were under organic management in the country, constituting 0.14 percent of the agricultural land. The data were collected by FiBL and IFOAM among the certifiers active in the country. Data may, however, not be complete as there may be more certifiers than those that provided figures.

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