BAGABAG, Nueva Vizcaya—A P4-million Organic Seed Storage will be built in barangay Tapaya here to boost organic agriculture in the province.
Lorenzo Caranguian, DA regional director said the facility will provide panting materials for farmers involved in organic farming.
“We see an increasing trend on the number of farmers adopting organic agriculture and we will provide sufficient assistance such as this facility to further increase their production of organic products,” he said.
Caranguian said there is a big demand of organic agriculture products in the local and international market, but the region has yet to come up with the small production of organic products.
The groundbreaking of the OSS was part of the 2 day 3rd Regional Organic Agriculture Congress held at the Highlander Hotel and Resort in Solano town.
Caranguian said they were impressed with the turnout of delegates to the ROAC since they only expected more than a hundred participants.
“With the more than 400 participants who attended the congress, we are very optimistic that we can increase our production of organic products in the coming years,” he said.
The OSS which will be built inside the Nueva Vizcaya Experimental Station of the DA will serve as a repository of organic seeds for use of organic agriculture practitioners in Cagayan Valley.
Caranguian said the DA-NVES is also a home of another facility, the Regional Organic Trading Center (ROTC) which was inaugurated a few years ago.
The groundbreaking was attended by Former Governor Ruth Padilla, who represented Governor Carlos Padilla, DA-RFO 02 Regional Executive Director Lorenzo M. Caranguian, Ms. Celerina Miranda and Engr. Blesita Tega of DA-Nueva Vizcaya Experiment Station, Ms. Marina Acebedo, Regional Coordinator of Organic Agriculture Program and other guests from DA and local government units.