Prices for organic foods are now more stable than those for foods produced using conventional agriculture, according to an organic farmer in Tayabas, Quezon.
Alicia Valdoria, organic farmer from Tayabas, Quezon, told a briefing in Tugon Kabuhayan on Monday, November 29, that although organic food products are more expensive, their prices are much more stable than those produced using the traditional farming method. .
“Knowing the process is more difficult than conventional farming. This is why we cannot plant a lot to support production and this is why it is more expensive. But in terms of price, they are stable. For example, a kilo of [organic] cabbage costs P200 per kilogram and the rest even if the average price of cabbage increases in the market. The price movement is much more stable, ”Valdoria told reporters.
The reason is that organic farmers already have a secure market, which is mostly high-end, she added. Nonetheless, Valdoria said that there is now a growing demand for organic food products in the Philippines. Unfortunately, the offer remained limited.
To bridge the gap between supply and demand, organic farmers are now working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture (DA) and local government units (LGU) to provide some kind of incentive for them.
At the same time, Valdoria said he contacted farmers to convince them to adopt organic practices.
“The [land] There is a long period of conversion from conventional farming to organic farming, which is why some farmers always revert to conventional farming. That’s why we are thinking about ways to provide some kind of subsidy to farmers who turn to organic farming, ”she added.
The Philippine government is also promoting organic farming. In June, the DA launched the Participatory Guarantee System (SPG), which is the key component of Republic Law (RA) No. 11511, a law amending the Organic Agriculture Law of 2010 or RA 10068 .
“Made possible thanks to the support of our legislators, RA 11511 has opened up opportunities for our small farmers and fishermen who want a sustainable and environmentally friendly organic practice through PGS,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar .
As defined in the new law, the SPG refers to a locally focused quality assurance system, which is developed and practiced by people who are genuinely engaged in organic farming.
Built on a foundation of trust, social network and knowledge exchange, the system is used to certify producers and farmers as real and active practitioners of organic farming and serves as an alternative to certification by a third.
“The PGS will significantly reduce the cost of maintaining organic certification and actively engage our smallholder farmers and fishermen with like-minded stakeholders and organic farming advocates by maintaining the integrity of organic products available in the market.” Dar said.
He added that the new system also directly contributes to DA’s agricultural consolidation push and will increase the local availability of certified organic products to small and medium-sized farmers. Thus, large-scale organic producers could turn to export markets.
“We need to make sure that small organic farmers and fishermen are not passive participants. We need to actively involve them in the implementation and give due recognition to their experience and expertise, ”Dar said.
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