The 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) event takes center stage at the Atrium, Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro City starting October 24 to 25, 2017.
With this year's theme: Organic Agriculture: A S.M.A.R.T. Culture (Science-based, Market-oriented, Adaptive, Responsive, Transformative), the NOAC organizers hope to bring in, thru the event, updates and useful knowledge on organic food production as well as business opportunities among farmer-producers, processors and other stakeholders in the organic agriculture industry.
Gracing the Opening Ceremonies was no less than Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" F. Piñol, together with Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) Alternate Chair; and Engr. Christopher V. Morales, National Program Coordinator of the National Organic Agriculture Program.
With around 1,600 participants consisting of farmers and LGU delegates including representatives from the DA-Regional Field Offices of the different regions, the 14th NOAC hopes to further strengthen and push higher the efforts of the Organic Agriculture Program in the attainment of an over-all agricultural growth and development, in terms of sustainability, competitiveness and food security.
In his message during the opening program, Sec. Piñol mentioned DA's focus programs for farmers particularly in the provision of support on Technology, Financing and Marketing. He also encouraged the NOAB to come up with strategies on how the Organic Agriculture Program could provide incentives to farmers who embraces organic farming. He pledged his full commitment to "not stop moving around the country" so he could personally look into the needs of the farflung rural farming communities in the different regions. With emphasis, he ended his speech with a meaningful message saying "The Filipino farmers need HELP and they need it NOW!"