Negros, Philippines – The 16th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival, held at the Provincial Capitol grounds from November 15 to 19, proved to be a substantial success, with organic producers generating around PHP2.7 million in total sales. This event showcased the region's commitment to sustainable agriculture and provided a significant platform for local farmers to reach a broader market.
According to Philippines News Agency, the five-day festival was a triumph not only in terms of sales but also in its ability to empower Negrense farmers by providing them with an opportunity to sell their organic produce, products, and merchandise. Lacson reiterated the government's continuous support for the organic farming sector. The festival's daily sales data showed a consistent increase in revenue, starting from PHP429,135 on the opening day to about PHP569,000 on the final day, November 19.
Lacson, in his message during the opening program, emphasized the need to empower and enable farmers, highlighting the goal of enhancing the market potential of organic products from Negros. The festival, themed 'Regeneration for Future Generations,' focused on the importance of eco-friendly farming practices and sustainable regenerative farming.
The event featured an array of activities, including an organic fair and exhibit showcasing the best of Negros Island's organic offerings, cook fests, seminars, and workshops. Additionally, the festival coincided with the 1st Terra Madre Visayas, organized by the Slow Food Community in Negros Island. This concurrent event aimed to promote small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production in the region, further emphasizing the importance of organic and eco-conscious farming practices.