Monday, January 31, 2011
Philippine agriculture faces challenges of sustainability
Agricultural productivity now faces the challenge of sustainability as farmers themselves have gradually “fallen out of love” on the green fields.
This is the observation of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala who is lamenting that in practically all areas he had visited in the country, he has found that not many students are interested in agriculture and that only very few farmers want their children to follow in their footsteps.
“Lahat ng bayan na pinupuntahan naming (in all the towns we’ve visited), this is the situation,” Alcala said.
The agriculture secretary made these observations as he graced the opening of the three-day Bohol Organic Agriculture Summit and 11th Ubi Festival here last Tuesday.
In his keynote speech during the opening program at the Bohol Cultural Center, Alcala was amazed to see many hands when he asked the crowd how many farmers were there, but later lamented that barely a quarter of the parents and farmers in the crowd actually want their children to take up agriculture.
He said farmers “don’t even take pride of being tillers of the land, when, in fact, they produce the food that other professionals eat.”
On this matter, Alcala sought support from local officials and the agriculture sector in efforts to hone the skills of farmers and fishermen and develop them into entrepreneurs so as to uplift the image of those working in the agriculture sector and making the farming profession attractive to the younger generation.
“Our President (Benigno Simeon Aquino III) gave me an instruction to inform you that his administration is willing to invest in our kababayan. The 2011 budget includes an allocation for the training of farmers,” Alcala said.
He also announced that he had already endorsed the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 which is set for publication soon.
He hailed Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto as his co-author in drafting the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 when they passed its bill in Congress and had even cited the governor for having been very enthusiastic about the proposed legislation.
The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 provides for the validation of organic products and its required allocation for the national certifier, Alcala said.
He also announced that the Department of Agriculture will make ube(purple yam) part of the master development plan to coincide road maps in different areas of the country.
I think why most of our young generation lost their faith in farming because of this few following reasons:
1) comercial feeds and fertilizers are so expensive.. so profitability is so minimal that at the end of the day you only left with debts..
2) theres no financial and educational support for our local farmers.
3) only few business people are committed in micro financing to support our farmers. the banks are not lending money for the poor farmers.
4) yes our government has a lot of agri programs but no educational program for our farmers. how would they know if theres no education and financial support from our gov. We need a guaranteed buyer for our products and dedicated financier for our farmers. i think the government should take care some of the cost of feeds and fertilizers. a tax exempt or something.
For example,The duck farming in our country will never be the same as other country because of the price of our feeds.
By Manila Bulletin
A change in attitude will be a change in results. Education, training, mentoring, and complete support of all resources to Philippine farmers will result in success over time, and a change in the negative attitude that has been created over the decades with Philippine farmers will turn positive. The time is now for action before the food crisis gets worse and its an even harder struggle to recover. The investment will have great returns for those who have the forward vision.
Nutriplant Nutriplus Organics Protocol Input Costs Per Hectare for All Types of Crops
Includes organic nutrients for seed sowing.
P2,500 1 Spray Application - For Rice Always Apply at Panicle Initiation
P3,800 2 Spray Application - Typical for rice, corn, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
P5,200 3 Spray Application - Full Nutriplant Nutriplus application protocol with no other application required of any other nutrient fertilizer products.
Increase harvests, naturally organically, with lower input costs.
Good for the farmer, the environment, and the consumer.
Nutriplant Organic Fertilizers
Click the links below to naturally and organically increase harvest productions with lower input costs.
Click here to review Nutriplus NPK 4-18-18 Organic Fertilizer
Click here to review Nutriplant AG Organic Fertilizer
Click here to review Nutriplant SD Organic Seed Germination Fertilizer
Click here to review APSA80 All Purpose Spray Adjuvant
Click here to review Nutriplus K+ Potassium
Click here to review Nutriplus Zn+ Zinc