Construction work has begun on the country’s first organic agriculture school in Zamboanga del Sur province.
Mayor Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. said the College of Sustainable Agriculture in Dumingag
town in Zamboanga del Sur province will help ease the poverty of farmers and help protect the environment.
â€œDumingag is an agricultural municipality. The economy is being driven by agriculture,” he said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.
He said organic agriculture is his centerpiece program, contrasting with the relatively “easy” farming based on chemicals.
Pacalioga said that despite initial ridicule, he and his wife Girlyn practiced organic farming on a half-hectare rice paddy. Now, he said their hard work and sacrifices are starting to pay off.
â€œOur people here have now realized that our land have been so degraded because of the years of practicing inorganic farming and using chemicals. They have realized the need to rehabilitate our farm lands so that future generations of farmers will still be able to produce food for our people,” he said.
Dumingag is a third-class town in Zamboanga del Sur. Pacalioga said 90 percent of the 46,039 residents rely solely on farming for their livelihood.