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Philippines are working to make organic products more affordable

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) is consistently working on making organic products more affordable to bring them to the table of all Filipinos by pushing more farmers to go organic, its top official said.

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who spoke before delegates of the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City Thursday, pointed out that the DA is initiating efforts to correct the misconception that organic products are expensive and can only be availed by few.

Currently, organic products are still expensive only because the supply is limited and insufficient to meet the market demand, he said.

“The department continues to encourage backyard farmers to practice organic farming system even just for their family consumption,” Alcala said, noting that by going organic, production cost and input value are being lessened.

DA records showed that the country is still below the five percent target in terms of farms devoted to organic. The market share of organic product is still not huge, yet is moving and continues to snowball, Alcala said.

Marañon said that in terms of certification, the Philippines will get assistance from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) which was assured by its president Andre Leu, who is in the province for the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress.

There are already organic farms in the province that are IFOAM-certified, he added.

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