1st Vermicomposting Congress held in ARMM

March 21, 2012 10:53 am 

COTABATO CITY, March 21 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) hosted the first ever Vermicomposting Congress here on Monday.

Spearheaded by Director Silveno Tejada of DA's Bureau of Soils and Water Management, the congress was supported by the DA-ARMM and ARMM acting Regional Governor Mujib Hataman, according to DAF-ARMM focal person Hadji Datungan Radzak.

The two-day activity was attended by at least 200 participants from the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, who are all advocates of organic farming.

Among the participants, according to Radzak, were farmers who were beneficiaries of shredder machine at Vermitea facility, local government unit (LGU) officials, municipal agricultural officers (MAO) and provincial agriculture officers.

During the Congress, local government executives took turns in expressing support to DA's flagship programs, including organic farming and transfer technology of vermicast composting and rapid composting.

DAF-ARMM Regional Secretary Sangkula Tindick told participants that organic farming benefits all and prevent the destruction of soil's productivity.

"Beside, organic farming is more productive than methods where chemicals are used because it damages soil's productivity," Tindick told farmer leaders.

Bureau of Soil and Water Management head Mercedes Fernando said the Congress aims to address the pressing issues faced by organic farmers and educate them how to transfer technology to other farmers in their respective communities so the whole farming area will become organic farming zone.

She said if one group of farmers use organic farming while the rest use the modern and environmentally destructive process, the productivity of the community will be affected. (PNA)

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