Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CBSUA to host int'l conference on organic agriculture

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)
Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)
PILI, CAMARINES SUR-- The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) will hold a one-day International Symposium on Organic Agriculture on February 7 at its main campus here.

This was announced by Dr. Ramon C. Arimado, OIC President of the University.

The symposium aims to enhance agri-eco-sustainable practices to encourage the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.

Specifically, it seeks to present readily-available organic agricultural technologies; to discuss the role of academic institutions in addressing food sufficiency, health and wellness; to stimulate the sharing of ideas regarding the best practices in such area; and to forge and strengthen local and international linkages in the field of organic agriculture.

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The University has invited teachers of Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) or Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), teachers who are in charge of gulayan sa paaralan or rural farm schools, and school heads.

The symposium features seven lectures.

Dir. Ramon G. Abcede, OIC Regional Director of DepEd Region V will deliver a lecture called "DepEd's Agenda on Food Sufficiency, Health and Wellness: Integration of Organic Agriculture in DepEd's Program/Curriculum."

Dr. Lorna F. Hernandez, Director of CBSUA-OADP will talk about "SUC's Role in the Implementation of Organic Agriculture."

"Government Support to Production and Marketing of Organic Products" is the topic of Ms. Nene Losa, Organic Agriculture Focal Person.

Meanwhile, Prof. Cresilda M. Caning, a faculty member of the University, will lecture on "Marketing of Organic Farms and Products."

In the afternoon, Mr. Daniel Emmet Schmidt, a Peace Corps Volunteer, will discuss "Integrating Organic Agriculture in Livelihood Programs.

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"Choosing Organic Food" is the topic of Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) member Mr. Michael Cielielski.

Lastly, Ms. Eliza C. Rieger, another AYAD volunteer, will tackle "Developing Organic Agriculture Famrs for Agri-ecotourism."

Apart from the symposium, a host of other activities are lined up for the event. These include an organic product display or fair, techno demonstration and organic food and farm input preparation, roundtable discussion on organic agriculture, a farm visit to the Philippine Organic Garden Project within the University; and the identification of organic agricultural practices of schools and teachers. Meals made from organic products will likewise be served to the participants.

The international symposium will be implemented by the CBSUA Graduate School through the Graduate Seminar Class and the CBSUA Organic Agriculture Development Program.
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