To continuously advocate and promote the development of Organic Agriculture in the region, the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) under the Regional Organic Agriculture Program conducted its Experiential Training and Expository Visits to Successful Organic Sites and Accredited Farm Tourism in Benguet last February 13-15, 2019.

Around 26 organic farmers/practitioners from the province of Abra participated in the said activity headed by the Provincial OAP Focal Person Maritess Balling.

The group visited three (3) certified organic farms, the Lily of the Valley Organic Farms at Ampasit, Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet; Kerobee Farm at Pula, Tuba, Benguet; and Cosmic Farm at Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Elisa Lauran, owner of the Lily of the Valley Organic Farm, toured the participants in the four (4) components of the farm. These are the composting area, ‘Mokusako’, Crop, and the Livestock and Poultry production areas. The farm was accredited by the ATI-CAR as a Learning Site, and soon became a School for Practical Agriculture. The farm is TESDA Accredited offering National Certificate (NC) Training on Organic Agriculture.

Moreover, the expository visit continued at Kerobee Farm with 1.2 hectares total farm area of crop, livestock and beekeeping production. Herbs like ashitaba, rosemary, dandelion, and gotu kola are also planted in the farm. These herbs are purposely for tea processing.

Finally, the group visited the Cosmic Farm being managed by Rogel Marsan. It is a family business farm that ventures in Organic Crop, Livestock and Poultry Production and processing products like yoghurt and herbal teas. The farm was assisted by ATI-CAR as a Learning Site and School for Practical Agriculture. In June 2017, the farm was accredited by TESDA offering NC II Training on Organic Agriculture.

One of the participants said that with the shared knowledge and technologies, they were challenged and motivated to continue what they have started in their farms and to be a successful organic farmers in the province of Abra.

The activity encourages the famers to produce organic products not just for health purposes but for economic benefits.//HDanis with reports from Judy Bisoy