The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has sought to strengthen the promotion of organic farming to achieve agricultural growth and development without damaging the land.
This as the regional government conducted a two-day Organic Agriculture Congress on October 18-19 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City and this was attended by 400 farmers, agricultural extension workers, students, and other stakeholders.
“We really (need to) strengthen the organic agriculture program in the region in order to attain overall agricultural growth and development,” said ARMM Agriculture and Fisheries Secretary Alexander Alonto.
He said that organic farming enriches the fertility of soil, increases farm productivity, reduces destruction of the environment, and protects the health of farmers and consumers.
With the transition of the ARMM to the new Bangsamoro entity, Alonto said the regional government is confident that the farmers will apply the best organic agriculture practices leading to the development and advancement of the region’s organic farming industry.