Tuesday, July 8, 2008

KGMA News 7/8/08 Composting

Roxas City -- The government is pushing for the conversion of market
wastes into organic fertilizers.

According to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, the use of vegetable
wastes to produce organic fertilizers is part of the Department's
"Organikong Magsasaka" program, which promotes sustainable agriculture
through the use of non-chemical inputs in planting crops.

In this effort, the DA is tapping local government units (LGUs) in
carrying out an ecology-friendly project to convert vegetable wastes
from public markets and trading centers into organic fertilizers.

This is in line with the ongoing DA initiatives to encourage farmers
to use non-chemical inputs to help pull down food production costs and
promote sustainable agriculture, Yap said.

Accordingly, the DA official explained that vegetable wastes from
trading centers and public markets, particularly in Metro Manila,
remain high at 20-30% of the total volume delivered or put up for
sale, it would be better to put these losses into good use by
converting them into raw materials for the production of organic

Yap said that the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) is
eyeing the LGUs to help set up projects in their respective localities
to convert vegetable wastes into organic fertilizers.

He stressed that there are local technologies that can be tapped to
convert vegetable wastes into organic fertilizers, aside from just
letting it decompose naturally to produce compost.

In Capiz, most of the LGUs here have been utilizing their market
vegetable wastes as organic fertilizers for communal vegetable gardens
and farms.

Other LGUs in the province also opted to sell at a reasonable price
their locally produced organic fertilizers to farmers here.

Meanwhile, the DA's "Organikong Pagsasaka" (Organic Farming) program,
which has an allocation of P500 million this year, forms part of
President Arroyo's P43.7-billion FIELDS initiative to further boost
palay yields and guarantee food security amid the emerging global food
crunch. (PIA)


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