Opta proposed five “focal projects” which it plans to undertake from 2011 until 2013.
These are the development and expansion of local and export organic market; establishment of organic farming techno-demo and training center; assisting local governments in the formulation of the Organic Agriculture Development Master Plan; establishment of a database of organic producers, processors, retailers and other players; and the International Conference on Organic Agriculture.
Opta said it would require P20 million to develop and expand the local and export organic market. The group would be targeting weekend organic markets in Metro Manila, the Department of Agriculture’s trading posts, and mall-based retailers and groceries.
De Tavera noted that the group would also need P100 million to up five organic techno-demo and training centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Opta is seeking to establish training and technology centers with demonstration farms based on organic standards.
As for assisting local government units (LGUs) in formulating the Organic Agriculture Development Master Plan in line with the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10068, or the Organic Act of the Philippines, Opta also said it would need P25 million to establish a database for organic producers, processors, retailers and other players.
The group’s fifth proposed project, which would involve its participation in the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Organic World Conference and the hosting of a regional organic conference in 2012, would require P30 million.
Under the 2011 National Expenditure Program, the Department of the Budget and Management has allocated P900 million for the promotion and development of organic agriculture.
Of this amount, P200 million has been allocated by the DA for training farmers in sustainable agriculture and assisting them in securing organic certification for their farms in compliance with the provisions of RA 10068.