Women’s group in Mambajao, Camiguin ventures in the field of organic farming through the production of nature-driven fertilizers and bio-pesticides.
Camiguin, which is known for its white sand beaches, engaged in different agribusiness activities.
Moreover, Mt. Timpoong Hibok-Hibok Ecotourism Association (MTHEA) is an organization of farmers consist of mostly women. The said organization was established in 2013.
As cited in the report from Philstar,” MTHEA is the current farmer-beneficiary of the Philippine-Korean project under the Asian Network for Sustainable Organic Farming Technology (ANSOFT).”
The provincial government of Camiguin in 2018, mandate MTHEA in promoting organic farming with the partnership with the Korea-based Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperative Initiative Inc., of which the Philippines is a member.
To date, MTHEA has 5,000- square meter farmland planted with naturally-grown eggplants, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, sweet peppers, corn and sweet potato.
“Prior to their engagement with the AFACI, most of the farmers were into the use and application of synthetic or chemical-based fertilizers to grow their crops,”Estrelita Balaman, president of MTHEA, said.
The farmer-beneficiaries are recipients in different organic production. They were trained to conserve soil, organic soil management, and other good agricultural practices (GAP) like multiple cropping, crop rotation, crop diversification, integrated farming to reflect agro-biodiversity.
Furthermore, their agricultural produces are being sold in a small vegetable-stall in the public market in Camiguin.
The establishment of the Mindanao Network for Sustainable Organic Farming System or MINSOFS, was the one of projects of ANSOFT-AFACI in the Philippines on its early phase.
Respectively, the project aims to develop organic farming villages through various interventions that are being provided to address the ongoing concerns of farm productivity.
Water resources development and management; soil conservation and agro-biodiversity management; and sustainable soil fertility management are key agricultural production that interventions have been focusing on.
“To showcase organic farming technologies using local resources and soil conservation farm planning, a model organic farming village was first demonstrated in Barangay Mainit in Catarman, Camiguin,” Philstar reported.
Twenty-five indigenous people undergone series of intensive trainings on organic agriculture systems covering crop and livestock production principles and practices based on the Asset Based Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development philosophy.