What is OCCP?

Organic Certification Center of the Philippines, originally formed to comply the ISO 17065 requirements, has been established as a distinct and independent organization. Its major role include advocating for and conducting training on organic farming and organic certification. In 2002, under Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), OCCP has been registered as a non-stock corporation whose principal purpose is to serve as an inspection body for food and food products as well as agricultural inputs to cater the agriculture industry and the consumer of certified products. Now, they are focusing on activities for inspection and certification services.

Agripreneur in Focus: Leopoldo Mitra

Mr. Leopoldo Mitra, 59 years old, born in December 31, 1951, is an Ikabuhi Microfinance Program (IMP) member whose main source of income is farming. He owned a 9000-square meter of land that is being used for growing crops which is in Iba O’ste, Calumpit, Bulacan. He was married to Mrs. Josie Mitra and they have a daughter and 2 sons namely Paula, Paulo and Jhon Poul Mitra.

The Horrors of Pesticides

If the word has the suffix -cide in it, then you know it’s about killing something. Pesticides are designed to eliminate insects, fungus, bacteria and other things that fed or nuisance on crops. Farming is a business and some of the farming companies are bottom-line entities in business to make money at any cost. Pesticides are being used to ensure that they will get the crop yield demand every season, no matter how it affects the environment and as well as the consumers.

Agripreneur in Focus: Nanay Yoly

Yoly Riguer’s husband was diagnosed with liver disease, gall bladder stone and fatty liver. For her, this was a big challenge and she believed that it happened because God has a purpose for her to deal with. They reach the help of traditional doctors but it was a failure. Somebody told them to seek some help of an alternative medicine and then she realize that most of the disease came from the food that we intake and how the way we live. Then, she decided to commit on planting on their land by means of organic approach.

Making the Planet Organic Before We Become Organic

Mr. Martirez shifted to organic agriculture in 2000 after attending a training on agroforestry production and post-production system conducted by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). Since then, he had attended several trainings on organic agriculture where he learned more about sustainable farming strategies that he applied in his own farm.

SRI Success Story: the iRelief Foundation Livelihood Recovery and Rehabilitation Program

iRelief Foundation is a non-profit organization established to give support to underprivileged individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by calamities and disasters in hard to reach areas. To extend assistance to affected farming communities, the foundation crafted another project for rice farmers – the technology transfer of Organic SRI (System of Rice Intensification).