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Philippines: DA Allocates P900-M for Organic Agriculture in 2011
Source: balita.ph
Source Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Country: Philippines
Created: Nov 23, 2010

MANILA, Nov. 17 The Department of Agriculture (DA)has allocated an initial P900 million in its budget next year to boost the countrys organic agriculture program.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the money will be used to jumpstart the "Organic Agriculture Act of 2010" or Republic Act No. 10068, which he authored when he was still congressman in the second district of Quezon Province during the 14th Congress.

RA 10068 seeks to create the National Organic Agriculture Board, a policy-making body that will provide direction and general guidelines for the implementation of the national organic agriculture program.
Alcala said the DA funding will help address major issues concerning the program including policy formulation and registration, accreditation, certification and labeling.

The fund will also be used in the promotion, research and development of organic agriculture, and program implementation and provision and delivery of support services to farmers and other stakeholders.
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