By upao - Posted on 15 November 2013

Organic agriculture education towards food safety.

Ms. Luisa Valencia, regional director of Commission on Higher Education-Cordillera Administrative Region (CHED-CAR) expressed support to sustainable agriculture and quality instruction for agricultural researches during the 1st SUCs Consultation on the National Organic Agriculture Program.

The 132 delegates from the different State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the country converged as representatives of their academic institutions to lay a roadmap and strengthen degree programs for SUCs’ organic agriculture program.

Valencia commended both the SUCs currently into OA activities and those with intent for their complementation and collaboration to develop strategies to enhance the academic offerings of organic agriculture in the country.

“We need to assess the current situation of our agricultural sector both as an enterprise and as a profession so we can determine whether we continue our good existing programs or to develop new ones,” said Valencia.

Further, she stated that through the consultation of the SUCs, the academe can identify appropriate programs and projects yielding to a roadmap for Organic Agriculture which she called “SUCs Version 101.”

“As always CHED Central Office and Regional Offices will definitely support the continuance of this (OA Program) undertaking through programs and projects that you (SUCs) may propose to CHED,” she stressed.

In addition, she underscored the importance of collaboration among SUCs in carrying out their generic five pillars of structure: instruction, research and development, extension, administration, and governance. Through this effort, they will surely “enable our country to battle the harm effects of climate change.”

“Likewise, the continuous production of organic products can sustain our need for nutritious and safe,” she ended.//Paul Joseph Nuval