The UPLB College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) has released three new knowledge products based on recently completed research activities of CPAf staff.
Presented virtually last Feb. 4 during the 2nd part of the College’s 24th anniversary celebration, the three books focused on the different aspects of organic agriculture industry in the Philippines.
Organic agriculture input systems
The increasing trend in the production and consumption of organic products points to the need to look closely into the supply and demand for organic inputs, specifically for rice and vegetables. This was zeroed in the first knowledge product titled “Organic Agriculture Input System in the Philippines: The Case of Rice and Philippines.”
Divided into six chapters, the book discusses the following: status and challenges in the production of organic agricultural inputs (OAIs); policies and implementation of OAI; certification, registration, packaging, and labelling; marketing and issues on OAIs; and utilization of OAIs. The last chapter also provides recommendations to improve the OAI industry and the organic industry as a whole.
This knowledge product is an output of a 3-year research project funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and led by Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen. The project aimed to come up with a profile of the OAI industry, gathering its past and current states. It covered 12 regions in the country such as Cordillera Administrative Region; National Capital Region; and Regions II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, X, XI, and XII.
Policy support to organic agriculture
The second and third knowledge products presented both tackled policy support to organic agriculture, specifically to the organic swine industry and the organic chicken industry.
Titled “Policy Support to Organic Agriculture in the Philippines: Chicken Industry,” and “Policy Support to Organic Agriculture in the Philippines: Swine Industry,” these books are products of another research funded by DA-BAR that was also implemented for three years.
Led by Dir. Blanquita R. Pantoja, the research project aimed to identify various policies that could support the adoption of organic farm production technologies and the consumption of organic products, particularly in the swine and chicken sector. Primary data were collected in Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental for the chicken industry; and Benguet, Marinduque, and Quezon for the swine industry prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project conducted four studies such as 1) Policy Support to Production of Organic Chicken and Organic Swine, 2) Policy Support to the Market System for Organic Chicken and Organic Swine, 3) Consumer Demand Study for Organic Chicken and Organic Swine Products, and 4) Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and Operational Policies in the Promotion of Organic Chicken and Organic Swine.
Results of these studies and recommendations to improve and sustain organic chicken and organic swine farming are discussed in the books.
Where to access the new publications
Print copies of the book on organic agricultural inputs are currently available at CPAf, DA-BAR, and at the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). Meanwhile, the books on organic chicken and swine are accessible only at CPAf. Copies of these books will also soon be available at the DA-BAR and NLP. Interested readers may send an email to [email protected].