By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Recognizing that healthy soil lays the groundwork for increased yield and income in agriculture, Senator Cynthia A. Villar has renewed her call to Filipino farmers to ramp up composting using organic fertilizers.
This is also following a farmers’ group’s support in calls for reducing the country’s reliance on imported fertilizer by increasing local production amid a rapid increase in global prices.
Villar, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, cited the need to protect the soil from deterioration and degradation to ensure agricultural growth as well as food sustainability.
She noted that healthy soil is crucial to food security as about 95 percent of the food we consume is directly or indirectly produced from the soil.
“Because of this, soil health is important for agricultural productivity, which in turn will affect food security. And the solution is as simple as putting nutrients back to the soil through composting and going organic,” stressed Villar.
In the Senate, Villar pushed for legislation that provides for soil protection through sustainable and organic means. She has also established and supported projects and programs in numerous communities all over the country to promote proper waste management, particularly involving kitchen and garden wastes as well that can be turned into composts or organic fertilizers
“By providing all the necessary support and assistance to our farmers, their cooperatives and other groups, we are encouraging them on composting, using readily available sources like wastes coming our own kitchen and garden,” emphasized the lady senator. (ia/mtvn)