IT is certainly alarming, worrisome and saddening that farmers continue to use chemical fertilizers
and insecticides that damage the soil and crops in this nation of more than 100 million election-crazy
This prompted Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairman of the influential Senate committee on
agriculture, to call on the country’s suffering farmers, including vegetable growers, to go into what
she called organic farming.
The soft-spoken but highly-articulate Villar, wife of former Senate President and House
Speaker Manuel “Manny” Villar of Las Piñas City, said “organic farming will be of big help to keep the
“We must remember that 95 percent of our food comes from the soil. The simple way is to return
the nutrients to the soil through composting… People should learn to compost kitchen and garden
wastes,” said the lady senator.
Indeed, it will be a big problem for all of us if the soil will be totally destroyed, with
Senator Villar pointing out that the success of organic agriculture will largely rely on the state of
the country’s soil.
“Bababa ang produksiyon ng mga magsasaka, lalo na ’yong mga nagtatanim ng palay, mais at
gulay, kung hindi na malusog ang ating lupa,” according to a member of the Pindangan East Farmers
Association (PEFA) of Alcala, Pangasinan.
That’s why the association, which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission
and the Department of Agriculture and accredited by the municipal government of Alcala, commended
Villar for promoting organic farming.
Likewise, the government-recognized farmers’ association cited Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel
“Manny” Piñol for exerting his best efforts to increase agricultural production through his farm
“Talagang maka-mahirap sina Villar at Piñol, na isa ring magsasaka sa North Cotabato bago
siya hinirang ni Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte na Kalihim ng Department of Agriculture,” added the PEFA
Of course, many quarters, including traders and middlemen, share the view of Villar that the
use of organic fertilizer instead of chemical-based fertilizers is the easiest way and basic
application of organic farming.
With Duterte, Villar and Piñol in the government service, the country’s farmers and their
families are assured of a brighter future.