Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of City Ordinance 0384-10, otherwise known as the Organic Agriculture Ordinance of Davao City.
City Agriculture Office (CAO) officer-in-charge Leonardo Avila III said with the Organic Agriculture Ordinance, the city government will identify and declare an organic agricultural zone.
Avila said organic centers and the establishment of organic seed banks in various agriculture-based barangays (villages) in the city would also be institutionalized following the approval of the ordinance.
“Other support services for organic farming will also be provided to organic farmers,” Avila said.
Organic farmers will also have an access to credit services and assistance from the city, especially for small organic farmers.
The ordinance aims to mobilize organic farming in the city by providing the basic needs of small farmers such as relevant trainings and credit assistance, he said.
Avila said the city would also set up the Organic Agricultural Management Council composed of the chief of CAO as chairman, members from the City Council, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Department of Trade and Industry, People Organizations , non-government organization and the academe.