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Laguna SK pushes for organic farming and massive feeding program

Posted last August 17, 2012, 5:15 am in News report article


In a bid to boost farmers' yields and help alleviate child hunger in low-income municipalities in Sta. Maria, Laguna, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officers are batting for the implementation of an organic farming program aimed at increasing farmer yields by as much as 20%.


The program, dubbed “Kamalig ng Kalayaang Kabataan mula sa Kagutuman, tungo sa Kasaganahan” or "5K", also seeks to help end child hunger by supporting farmers who have pledged a portion of their yields to give back and help feed children.


Under 5K, Sta. Maria SK Federation President Alyssa Tuazon said that in cooperation with farmers, they will initially transform six hectares of rice lands that are currently dependent on chemical fertilizers and pesticides into organic rice farms. 


The move is expected to boost farm harvests and farmers’ incomes. 


Every donation to the 5K Campaign will cover the needed farmers' training and transfer of technology for sustainable organic agriculture. This, according to campaign organizers, is apart from the help it will extend in bridging the resource gaps in the country's education sector, through the parallel advocacy of Yes Pinoy Foundation.


Proponents of the campaign firmly believe that the program will help propagate organic farming and natural methods which have, contrary to beliefs, the potential of immediately increasing yields and incomes of farmers as well.


“This campaign, hopefully,  will help increase our youth leader's sensitivity towards larger social issues, while helping empower our small farmers and their families, through the use of organic farming methods” TV and movie personality Jose Sixto “Dingdong” Dantes III, who likewise chairs YesPinoy Foundation (YPF), said. Dantes said 5K campaign further complements their advocacy towards the education sector, as "5K aims to feed the body of young people, while they feed their minds in schools."


To break the "dole-out mentality," farmer-beneficiaries of the program will be made to donate back to the Sta. Maria SK a portion of their organic harvest to help implement SK-initiated feeding programs for poor children.  


YPF have sought the help of social enterprise Linksapinoy (Links) for the implementation of the project. 


Meanwhile, SK Central Luzon (SKCL), through a signed manifesto last March by its provincial council members led by its director and Angeles city president JC Pamintuan, has likewise pledged to bring the campaign in the region by adopting and funding a hectare in every barangay in Central Luzon.


YPF is currently waiting for the implementation of the campaign after SK national federation president Gabriel Del Rosario announced SKCL’s commitment to the program. With it comes a similar pledge to cascade the project to its 40,000 SK barangay level organizations nationwide.