Friday, June 24, 2016

Upland farmers in Inopacan earning more because of organic farming.





The following is a reprint from SamarNews.com
Officials from DAR and East-West Seed Philippines harvest organically grown pechay at the farm of Jose Dautil (right) in Barangay Hinabay, Inopacan, Leyte. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria) 
photo courtesy of SamarNews.com

Hello veggies, goodbye abaca!

By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
April 19, 2016

TACLOBAN CITY – When we reached Barangay Hinabay, we were led to a vegetable farm of Jose Dautil, 54, that was ready for harvest. We picked some kilos of sweet pepper, and pechay, and paid him the corresponding price. Then we moved to Barangay Cabulisan to see more vegetables in other farms. These adjacent villages nestled on top of a mountain in Inopacan, Leyte are now known for organic vegetables.

Farmers here are now seriously pursuing high value organic vegetable production after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) subjected last year the members of two agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) to a five-month training on high value crops production using the natural farming system. 

Being covered by the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II), DAR tapped the East-West Seed Philippines for the conduct of the said training under the Agricultural Enterprise Development to the Hinabay Upland Farmers Association (HUFA) and the Cabulisan Multi-Purpose Upland Farmers Association (CAMUFA).

When asked what they like about organic vegetable production, Marissa Bisnar, 38, an agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) said the products are sold at a higher price than those grown the traditional way. Even if they are a little bit expensive, more consumers prefer to buy organic vegetables, she added.

From her last harvest, Marissa shared that she earned P8,350 from her four plots of sweet pepper, four plots of tomato and ampalaya, which became additional income for her family.

Cristita Abenoja, a merchant from Barangay Cabulisan who buys the farmers’ harvests and sell them at the town’s market disclosed that her products are easily sold out because consumers opt for organic vegetables.

Organic farming now becomes the trade mark of these two barangays. When buyers learn that the vegetables come from the said barangays, they already know that it’s organic, Abenoja said. Further, “my customers increased,” she added, because the information had spread to nearby towns like Hindang, Bato and Baybay City.

For that, these farmers living on top of the mountain, 18 kilometers away from the town proper are thankful they were taught organic farming.

Abaca used to be the major crop of the farmers here. But because of the bunchy top disease, farmers ceased planting abaca, and shifted to vegetable production in 2004. Last year, with the joint effort of DAR and East-West Seed Philippines, the natural farming system was introduced and changed the lifestyle of the farmers here.

With this method the farmers no longer sniff chemicals when spraying pesticides, according to CAMAFU president Edelito Merrano Sr., 51. Likewise, they can save more because they no longer buy fertilizers and pesticides, he added.

Instead, they use the vermicast their association is producing. Vermi-culture and vermi-composting have been introduced to them by DAR in 2015 as alternative sources of livelihood.

CAMUFA was among the 100 ARB organizations provided with a shredder and 30 kilos of African night crawlers last year.

At the moment CAMUFA is also selling vermicast at P350 per sack of 50 kilos. While African night crawlers are being sold by the association at P500 per kilo. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's LP landslide win in Inopacan for 2016 national & local elections

Congratulations to those who made it. For those who didn't, don't despair. It's not the end of the road. If your desire is really to serve Inopacan and the Inopacnons, you can still do it in hundred other ways. It could be better and more honorable than of becoming a  politician.

Mayor Loloy Lumarda and his vice, Jojo Pua, were uncontested. Thus, they both won even before the election.

All 8 LP candidates for Inopacan councilors won the 2016 election. All 4 Independent candidates didn't make it. 


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Winners

Name
Political Party
Votes
VILLARUBIN, ALEJANDRO
 LP
 5,691
PUA, SABING
 LP
 5,514
SUMABONG, EFREN
 LP
 5,376
DE LOS SANTOS, JEAN
 LP
 5,236
JOSEPH, TAGOLOY
 LP
 5,175
CHIONG, ARIEL
 LP
 5,076
SIAO, DIOSDADO
 LP
 4,897
MANAPSAL, EUFRONIO
 LP
 4,748

Non-winners
Name
Political Party
Votes
RULETE, FERNANDO
 Independent
 4,469
DEGORIO, FRANCISCO
 Independent
 4,150
LLOREN, ALFREDO
 Independent
 3,817
PERANDOS, KAP ANING
 Independent
 2,164



The following are COMELEC election results based on COC (click or tap the image to enlarge):




Source: https://www.pilipinaselectionresults2016.com/#/coc



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