Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“Right” organic agriculture
Reaps 150 cavans/hectare

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol November 9, (PIA)—The option for organic agriculture could be hard and tedious but, when done right, will produce the same harvest as that of the farms with chemical fertilizers, but puts premium on the environment.

Marissa Tuazon, of the Pambansang Kilusan nga mga Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) pointed out that in farms, the experience of lessening the use of chemical inputs in the farms to save a little on will always have ill effects on the harvest, so they would have to bombard inputs to produce.

This ultimately produces that vicious cycle that would be endlessly binding the farmers to inputs and fertilizers to be able to produce, of a failure in cropping happens, she explained. 

We are into local developments in the towns, using the old ways, considering that we have proven it; an organic farmer is now able to harvest 150 cavans per hectare, which, according to Tuazon is equal to the harvest of a farm using chemical fertilizer.

Themselves striving to effect asset reforms in the farms, PAKISAMA starts from issues in social justice to social enterprises, are now into building agri-based social enterprises in Carmen Bohol. 

The plan is to help farmers wane themselves from the shackles of inorganic farm inputs so that the investments can be saved for the family. 

PAKISAMA as well as other organic agriculture advocates in Bohol, relentlessly push for the return to the adoption of the more environment friendly fertilizers and pesticides or herbicides to make a statement on helping the campaign for climate change mitigation. 

It is always survival of the fittest, so when farmers use synthetic herbicides to weed the farm and pesticides to rid the farms of pests, much of the chemicals are retained in the food, which is eaten, or are being washed out during rains, contaminating other farms and the water systems.

Zen Darunday, member of the Bohol Nature Conservation Society (BONACONSO) and a key officer of the Bohol Initiators of Sustainable Agricultural Development (BISAD) shared research that showed that of the 60% of the greenhouse gasses come from agriculture.

These gasses include methane from rotten leaves and animal wastes, nitrous oxides from chemical fertilizers and other soil demineralizers.

She said nitrogen-based fertilizers are 300 times more potent in racking heat, contributing to the climate change. 

With chemical fertilizers clearly contributing to climate change despite the fact that it also leads to serious pollution issues which compound environmental destruction, groups like BISAD, PAKISAMA, Hugpong sa mga Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL) and BONACONSO push therefore, for a serious organic farming adoption in Bohol.

We need to make true to our adopted green-development agenda, this time, it should not just be a mouthed promise but translated to reality, they urged. 

In the advent of ASEAN integration, Tuazon picks on the edge for organic products which would be highly competitive when products from other countries start to flood the local markets.

Organic agriculture is our economic edge, and this helps the environment, so this must be seriously implemented by Bohol, who professes to be a province whose development is guided by the considerations of a sustainable environment, the groups said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Sustainable agriculture farmers hit 
Bohol’s organic farming “chacha” 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol November 9, (PIA)—Either Bohol goes for organic agriculture or it does not. 

Organic agriculture advocates in Bohol slam the local implementation of the organic farming here noting that officials are doing a chacha.

Bohol Island State University’s (BISU) Professor Jose Travero, a revered organic farming initiator and known pillar of the Bohol Initiators of Sustainable Agricultural Development (BISAD) bemoaned the current state of the local implementation of the organic farming and agriculture. 

Himself into keeping an organic farm and mentoring one that produces Bohol’s only organic papaya from a farm in Sagbayan, Travero picks on Bohol’s forward and backward as to its stand on organic agriculture, thus chacha.

Travero and the members of BISAD, also said they are wondering why Bohol promotes sustainable agriculture through the use of organic agriculture and yet be blunt in promoting hybrid rice.

Moreover, former BISAD executive director Zenaida Darunday, who is a staunch supporter of the move to really make Bohol genetically modified organism free (GMO-free) also added that the introduction of hybrid rice necessitates inorganic fertilizer inputs.

Salvio Makinano, another organic agriculture promoter, pointed out that he was hopeful Bohol would be true to the promise of organic farming promotion after the provincial government put up an annual organic agriculture budget of P1 million under Gov. Erico Aumentado.

By the following years, Bohol allocated under Governor Edgar Chatto some P3 million annual organic agriculture budget, Makinano added.

But, what have we got to show on organic farming? he asked.

He said much of the budget allocated for organic farming is going to research, which he claimed is never a production accomplishment. 

“We already have an organic farming technology, so there is no need to do much more research,” professor Travero noted. 

“In fact, what is needed is not research but implementation of the technology,” Travero, who teaches and models sustainable agriculture at the province’s only state university divulged. 

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, he said even as he, along with BISAD hopes Bohol leadership could finally decide what to do with the move that can slowly wean Bohol farm from the burdens of environmentally destructive chemical fertilizers. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Ponzi scheme is illegal - SEC

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 6 (PIA)--Securities and Exchange Commission issues warning against recruiters, sellers and those who offer unregistered securities as the alarm against Ponzi and pyramiding scheme as well as other forms of investment scams continue to proliferate, some of them operating in Bohol. 

By Ponzi scheme, SEC said it is an illegal investment scheme where investors are enticed with the lure of high returns despite showing no viable business operation. 

Under this scheme, funds collected from new investors are used to pay form the promised profits to earlier investors, according to the SEC. 

On the other hand, pyramiding is a modified Ponzi scheme masked as a multi-level marketing where participants get profits primarily through recruitment of people that funds are invested by down-lines to pay for the up-lines. 

While SEC hints that multi-level marketing can be legal, it becomes illegitimate when the company offering the investment focuses on marketing efforts rather than recruitment. 

In an advisory sent to media and the Philippine Information Agency, SEC said scammers have used novel schemes and devises that use gold, precious metals, hidden treasures, travel opportunities, cars and luxuries to make it tough for the public to distinguish the genuine investment opportunities from the fraudulent ones.

SEC insists that securities can only be offered for sale if the investors are SEC registered, and no person shall engage in business of selling securities as a broker or dealer unless registered with the Commission.

SEC named the following high-yield high-risk investments as Emgoldex Philippines into gold trading, One Lightning Corporation into cosmetics and healthcare products, My Video Talk (internet based software) sold by Bridges Team Effort Network and Marketing Corp, Alliance of Networkers of the Philippines , 

At the onset of the scams, whether in person or internet based selling, SEC finds it appalling that a number of victims have admitted awareness of the illegal and non-sustainable investment, and even involved by recruitment their families. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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