Events: D.C. Cruz Trading Corp. Sponsors Organic Farming Seminar
D.C. CRUZ TRADING CORPORATION in cooperation with agriculturist Santiago Tadifa and Sugar Planter Ildefonso "Nonong" Monfort recently sponsored a Free Organic Farming Seminar which was held at the Farmers Organic Market along Magsaysay Street (near Luxor Hotel) in line with their corporate social responsibility as well as part of their public relations program.
Visitors from Metro Manila at the farmers organic market. In the picture are: Alan Gensoli, former DOT Secretary Mina Gabor and Hazel Andrea Stuart from England.*
Agriculturist Santiago Tadifa explained the advantages and benefits of engaging in organic farming. He averred that the continuous usage of commercial fertilizers have seriously depleted the micronutrients present in the soil. He stated that our ecology and environment is being endangered with the continuing use of fertilizers whose basic ingredient is oil. These fertilizers eventually end up in rivers which have depleted the presence of snails and fish which are prevalent in our rivers. Also, that these rivers which often end up along the seashore also affect the presence of snails and fish along our coast lines. He added that the use of commercial pesticides also affect our ecology.
Tadifa gave pointers to the planters present on how to increase their productivity by adopting the "Pit Planting" methodology which could further improve the productivity of their sugar farms, which decrease production costs, thus making them competitive come 2015 when foreign sugar tariff is reduced and become a serious competitor to our local sugar.
Sugar planter Nonong Monfort invited those present to visit his farm situated in Cadiz City where they could observe his sugar farm which is 97% organic. To support the needs of his farm, he has already set up a Vermi-Castings Plant which is producing almost seventy to eighty tons of vermi-castings monthly. His production is principally used by his 200-hectare farm. He is using European Night Crawlers (worms) to produce the vermi-castings.
He said, "to see is to believe," and the only way that all planters can avail of his technology is to visit his farm. He is also using his castings in his rice farm of about ten hectares and his 8-hectare orchard. He is averaging between 72 to 80 tons cane per hectare with a PSTC of 2.42. When asked by one of the participants as to how much would be the price selling of sugar, he answered, "Even at P800 per LKG, he could still make a reasonable profit claiming that he is not afraid of foreign competition as his prices are very competitive."
The first thirty participants in the seminar were given 3-kilo bags of vermi-castings for free as well as the first ten participants were given free samples of IMO, organic pesticides and other organic solutions.
W. Henry O. Streegan moderated the dialogue and also added some pointers on how to make their farms cost effective.* (WHOStreegan)