Benguet State University

SUCs consultation on organic agriculture slated on Nov. 14-16

By upao - Posted on 23 October 2013

State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will gather on November 14-16, 2013 at the Hotel Supreme, Baguio City for the SUCs Consultation on their role in the implementation of the R.A. 10068 and the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP).

According to National Organic Agriculture Development center (NOADC) director, Dr. Jose Balaoing, the consultation aims to encourage all SUCs to include organic agriculture in their R&D programs and curriculum for elementary, high school and tertiary levels as mandated by RA 10068.

“Ito ay para mapalawak ang kaalaman at para maintindihan ng mga SUCs kung ano ang National Organic Agriculture Program and the law itself,” said Dr. Balaoing.

Department of Agriculture Secretary, Proceso J. Alcala will grace the opening program on November 14 as the keynote speaker. The plenary sessions will start with NOAB Secretary, Atty. Dahlia Salamat who will discuss the RA 10068 and its IRR and Fr. Ed de la Torre will discuss the NOAP. These will be followed by National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) member Rey Pedroso who will speak about the approved guidelines for organic agriculture programs and BSU President, Dr. Ben D. Ladilad will share the BSU experience on the role of the academe in organic agriculture.
There will be four breakout sessions on curriculum, R&D, policies, business and marketing during the parallel sessions. The lecturers will be BSU-CA Dean, Dr. Leoncia N. Tandang, Dr. Chito Medina, Mr. Ed Lopez and a representative from DA-BAR.

The consultation will be capped by field tours at Pat Acosta’s Farm, BSU Organic Demo Farm, Lily of the Valley and other organic farms within Baguio and Benguet.

Dr. Ladilad is a member of the NOAB representing the academe while Dr. Balaoing is his alternate member.
BSU declared itself as an organic university in 2004. Since then, various efforts were done to promote organic agriculture in its four-fold functions of instruction, extension, research and production. The University currently implements the BSU Internal Guarantee System (BIGS) for its farmer-cooperators, maintains the organic market and offers the Certificate in Practical Organic Agriculture course while organic agriculture as a major is now being offered under the BS in Agriculture program.

BSU is certified as organic Arabica coffee producer by the Institute of Marketecology based in Switzerland and as organic farm of herbs, vegetables and fruits by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP).//Jen L. Sabado-Tabangcura