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BPSU embarks on ORGANIC Revolution

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  • 8 years ago

 

The Department of Agriculture, through the DA-BAR, is helping fan the flames of the organic revolution through such projects as the “Promotion of Protective Cultivation Technology for HIgh Value Organic Vegetable Production”, which got off the ground in 2009 in collaboration with the Bataan Peninsula State University  (BPSU), Abucay Campus.

According to the main proponents Engr. Jonathan E. Lacayanga, Walter G. Valdez and Reynan Calderon, The project aims to produce off-season high value organic vegetables; use animal waste and plant residues as a source of organic fertilizer and determine the least cost combination of farm inputs and provide safe high-value vegetables to the market. Funding from the DA-Bar went to the construction of two net houses measuring 5m by 24 m equipped with overhead sprinkler and drip irrigation for the cultivation of high-value vegetables such as lettuce (leaf type), salad and cherry tomato, bell pepper and cucumber.

The project also called for the setting up of composting shed animal waste (chicken and cow) and crop residues (grass trimmings and leguminous plants) as well as the use of beneficial microorganisms for enhanced and effective decomposition and carbonized rice hull (CRH) as a major ingredient for organic fertilizer production. Vermiculture was likewise pushed to augment the supply of organic fertilizer.

With the close monitoring of the increase in the nutrient levels of the soil with the continued use of organic fertilizer, the project proponents were able to develop a protocol governing organic vegetable production.

BPSU data show that as of September 2011, the project was responsible for the production of 2,522 kilograms of vegetable – 1, 392 kilograms of cucumber, 216 kilograms of lettuce, 368 kilograms of salad tomatoes and 321 kilograms of cherry tomatoes.

The proponents participated in trade fairs and conducted market testing in different market outlets to develop markets for the vegetable produced through the project. As a result of these efforts, the project has established markets links with different groceries and eateries in Bataan.

At the same time, the proponents presented and distributed guides to organic vegetable production in different municipalities to drum up demand for supply of organic vegetables. They also conducted training sessions to share their knowledge on organic farming.

The facilities put up through the DA-BAR project have also become a laboratory and showcase for not just the students of BPSU taking up Bachelor of Science in Agriculture but also for individuals in the area who are interested in learning how to produce organic vegetables. To date, over 2,300 individuals have visited the organic agriculture facilities. 

The positive economic return on the investment in the project has made it one the university’s reliable income generating projects as well as a show window for organic agriculture in the entire province of Bataan.

 As another testament to the lasting impact of the project, there has been an increase in the number of farmers who have adopted the organic system developed at BPSU, either in whole or in part, depending on the adaptability to their own farms.

The proponents are also excited about the prospect of forging a supply agreement with a company that supplies high value vegetables to some well-known fast food chains and supermarkets in Luzon.

Indeed, the best is yet to come for the organic vegetable production project, which contributes to the fulfillment of the university’s mission to produce human resources that can contribute to regional and national development as well as DA-BAR’s goal of promoting the widespread use of effective agricultural technologies to help farmers and fisher folk. 

Source: http://www.bpsu.edu.ph/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=66%3Ardo-news-and-events-category&id=707%3Abpsu-embarks-on-organic-revolution&Itemid=257

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