(From L to R) Municipal Agriculture Officer Milan A. Balacuit, Talisayan Vice Mayor Josefina T. Omondang and Mayor Rommel Maslog receive the certificate of turn-over for the Organic Trading Post (OTP) from DA-10 Agribusiness Industry Support Section Chief Sonia E. Oliveros last February 6, 2018.

Talisayan, Misamis Oriental – With the aim of strengthening the adoption and practice of Organic Agriculture, as well as the consumption of organic produce, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) turned over its 2nd Organic Trading Post (OTP) in the region to the municipal local government unit of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental on February 6, 2018.

Through the agency’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) and Organic Agriculture Program, the trading post will serve as a venue for farmers in the locality to showcase their organically grown products, livestock and inputs directly to the consumers.

A total of Php1.5 million was funded by the department for the project, in which Php1.2 million was spent on the building and equipment while Php300,000.00 was allotted for the operating expenses.

In his message, Organic Agriculture Program Focal Person Samuel C. Natimdim, Jr. noted how Organic Farming is different from the traditional style of farming and how it will benefit them.

 “By practicing Organic Agriculture, farmers will be able to have more income as they are taught on how to plant and make their own organic fertilizers instead of buying them,” he stated.

Additionally, Talisayan Mayor Rommel Maslog shared that the establishment of the OTP will translate to the increase in the income of the farmers since produce are directly brought from the farmers down to the consumers.

“The goal is to eliminate the traders. Now, farmers are able to directly sell their produce through the trading post,” he said.

Meanwhile, Agribusiness Industry Support Section Chief Sonia E. Oliveros also detailed three important factors, namely volume, quality and sustainability which could help them in gaining a market for their produce in their town and the entire province of Misamis Oriental.

The establishment of the trading post marks the 2nd OTP in the region following the establishment of the 1st OTP in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte last year. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)



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