Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DA 6 Provides Bacolod City Small Scale Composting Facility by James Earl E. Ogatis

DA 6 Provides Bacolod City 
Small Scale Composting Facility
Picture shows Sen. Cynthia A. Villar (center) cutting the ribbon during the turn-over of small scale composting facilities to the local government of Bacolod City, in front of the City Hall last June 16, 2015. From left are Atty. Bacolod City Administrator Atty. Valencia, Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, DA-Reg’l. Technical Director Joyce S. Wendam, Ms. Patching Puentevella, DA 6 Acting-Reg’l. Executive Director Roy M. Abaya and Councilor Gamboa. (JEEOgatis photo)
In order to intensify the production of organic fertilizer, the Department of Agriculture, RFO 6 has provided a P400,000 worth of Small Scale Composting (SSC) facilities to the City of Bacolod, Negros Occidental.
The turn-over of the equipment composed of one unit Hammer Mill, one unit Rotary Composter and one unit Squeezer was led by Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson  of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food .

Senator Villar stressed that the DA is mandated to provide small scale composting facilities among major cities in the country to make use of the available market waste within the area for organic fertilizer.
She said that these facilities will make use of volumes of coconut husk, vegetable leftovers and other biodegradable materials collected from the wet markets.

Villar encouraged all LGUs to produce their own organic fertilizer out of market/kitchen wastes and produce their own organic vegetables and products.

Atty. Hermilo O. Paoyon, OIC-City Agriculturist of Bacolod City said that the SSC will be utilized at the material recovery facility (MRF) of Bacolod City wherein there is a two hectare techno-demo on vegetable production.

He said, the three major markets of Libertad, Burgos and Central will supply the needed raw materials for the SSC. The utilization of the SSC will serve as motivation for the workers in the techno-demo area and additional livelihood among them.

The SSC ensures the commitment of the DA to intensify the production of organic fertilizer, helps mitigate climate change and provides additional livelihood among urban poor through adoption and practice of container gardening among households./MP

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