In the Cagayan Valley region alone, 27, 040 ha. of agricultural farm lands are dedicated to organic farming which has 63 % in the total target until the year 2022.
On February 28, 2019, the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) awarded the certificates to the farms and establishments who complied with the standards set by OCCP.
Today, March 4, 2019, Ignacio Pascua, owner of IT Pascua Agri Products in Cullung, Tuao, Cagayan received the certificate handed by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA RFO 02) Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo during the agency’s Monday Convocation.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa walang sawang tulong na ibinibigay ng DA sa aking sa simula hanggang sa ngayo’y natamasa ko na ang sertipikasyong mapalaganap ang bokasyong aking nasimulan,” sambit ni Pascua.
The DA RFO 02 has helped individuals and organizations who ventured in to organic farming get their certificates. Aside from Pascua, certifications were also given to Mataga-ay Coffee Growers Producers Cooperative care of Jose Ancheta, Madella, Quirino, Claudio Gonzaga, owner of Gonzaga Farm for Agronomy of Santiago City, and Isabela Biotech of Echague, Isabela.
Edillo in his message told Pascua that the DA can help him thru the Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD) by displaying his organic products in the Malasakit stores in the region.
In support to organic agriculture the DA RFO 02 is conducting various technology demonstration, local trade fairs, exhibits, distribution of farm equipment and different Production Support Services (PSS).
At present time, Cagayan Valley is active in reaching its full potential in developing and creating a more sustainable healthy living revolution.
The DA implements the Republic Act No. 10068 (RA 10068) which is also known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.