DAET, Camarines Norte, Feb. 10 (PIA) -- Some 200 farmer beneficiaries will receive free organic fertilizers for palay production next week through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) of the provincial government.Provincial coordinator on Organic Farming Malyn C. Puato said that a total of 2,500 sacks of organic fertilizers are ready for distribution to the farmer beneficiaries with 250 hectares of palay plantation in the province.
She said that the actual distribution will be handled by the Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) in every municipality and will be distributed every month to identified farmer beneficiaries.
The organic fertilizers were provided by the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in line with Republic Act 10068 or Organic Agriculture program on Expanded Modified Rapid Composting Technology Demostration.
It will be given free to farmer beneficiaries provided that they will give their data on palay production starting from planting to harvest.
The said sacks of organic fertilizers are now in the process of audit at the Commission on Audit (COA) of the provincial government and anyday next week will be the release to farmer beneficiaries.
The program of the DA aimed to promote the use of organic and in-organic fertilizers in order to lessen the use of chemical fertlizers.
Also it aims to educate farmers not to burn rice straw, instead, use this as compost that will in turn help mitigate climate change. (RBM/PIA Camarines Norte)