Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Business of Farming Organic Produce
The husband and wife team of Ramon and May Uy who are developing a 5.3-hectare agri-tourism destination and training center in Bacolod City have opened a market for organic produce.
This is at the frontage of their project – May’s Organic Garden & Restaurant along the national road in Pahanocoy, Bacolod City.
The sellers are given free space while the market is still new. Ramon Uy explains that he and his wife really want to promote production of organic farm products among families as an honest-to-goodness source of livelihood.
The name May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant may sound just like an ordinary garden and eating place, but it is much more than that. The project consists of a 5.3-hectare prime property along the national road. It is being developed into an agri-tourism destination as well as a training center for people interested in organic agricultural and environmental pursuits.
The organic market is still modest but walk-in customers are visiting in increasing numbers. During our visit, we saw expatriates patronizing the market aside from the local residents.
We met Dionita Imet who was selling an indigenous vegetable we have not tried eating but which, we were told, is popular among Ilonggos. The vegetable called “Lupo” is said to be just growing wild in rice and corn fields, and is harvested by whoever wants to harvest.
According to Dionita, the tender leaves are very good in cooking mungo and fish sinigang.
Among the organic farm produce being sold during our visit included organic rice of the indigenous varieties, bananas, root crops, different kinds of vegetables, organic eggs, and wellness products derived from medicinal plants. There was a citronella extract which is a biopesticide that will control dengue mosquitoes.
During our visit, we were able to meet Fr. Pio Eugenio who is an ardent advocate of organic rice production based in Trento, Agusan del Sur. He was invited by Mr. Uy to conduct briefings on organic production of traditional rice varieties.
Fr. Pio brought with him 50 varieties of traditional rice for trial plantings by farmers.
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on Salvador Benedicto town. The members of a farmers’ association will have to discover for themselves which varieties are adapted to their locality. And Ramon Uy will buy the rice as well as fruits and vegetables that they will be able to produce. He wants to ensure steady supply of organic products in their organic market.