Like other major urban areas in the Philippines, and elsewhere, Davao has seen a rise in interest over “organic” food and produce. The city is virtually a hotbed for organic farming, as it has thousands of hectares of fertile farms and mountains, and its local farmers are actively adopting eco-friendly and healthy agricultural methods too. Here are a couple of events and occasions that highlight the city’s all-out push for organic food.
City Hall Supports Organic Farming
The main reason why organic farming has become popular, and thriving, in the country’s largest city (in terms of land area) is the strong and healthy support of the local government for the initiatives on organic farming.
The City Hall, led by its popular and feisty mayor Rodrigo Duterte, believes that organic farming can help preserve the environment, especially the watersheds and the lush forests surrounding the Mount Apo national park.
The city government also observed that more of its residents are becoming interested in urban and rural organic farming, because they’ve seen first-hand the harmful effects of chemical and synthetic farm inputs and materials on the human body.
The City Hall, in tandem with the Department of Agriculture, also set up the Organic Trading Post, built at a cost of P1.9 million, to serve as the convergence point for all organic products made in the city.
The project also aims ensure accessibility and availability of certified and registered organic food and inputs for farmers, manufacturers and all stakeholders who’d like to adopt, healthy organic agriculture methods and practices.
Agri Trade Fairs Teem With Organic Produce
In times of festivity, especially during the Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan season, the city’s swelling numbers of organic food producers, dealers and consumers gather in trade fairs, to promote their products, and as well as spread the gospel on the health and ecological perks of going green.
At the recent Kadayawan Trade Fair, a lot of organic produce dealers showed their wares in various booths and exhibits. Wherever you went, you’d find organic herbs and vegetables, skin and hair care products, pastries and cakes, drinks and juices, as well as organically-fed livestock.
Popular Organic Store Sets Up Shop in The City
One of the country’s most popular organic concept stores, ECHOstore, finally set foot in Davao last 2014. The store sells environment-friendly products, as well as fresh produce and other natural selections, and has 6 branches in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
Here, you’ll find tasty, chemical-free vegetables and herbs from the farms of upland Davao and Bukidnon, delectable Malagos cheeses from the Calinan district and more. You can also have your fill of savory Filipino dishes, salads, sandwiches and other treats at the ECHOcafe.
The City Will Host the Regional Organic Congress in October
The city will also play host to the Regional Agriculture Congress on October 2015. The congress will assemble farmers, producers, dealers and disrtibutors, as well as policymakers, researchers and stakeholders. The activity will also feature exhibits of various organic products, as well as forums where guest speakers will talk about their experiences and expertise.