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Philippines promulgates Organic Agriculture Act of 2010

April 21, 2010

April 20, 2010, 10:40am

MANILA, April 18 (Xinhua) — The Philippine government on Sunday promulgated the Republic Act 10068 or the “Organic Agriculture Act of 2010” meant for the development and promotion of organic agriculture in the country.

The RA 10068, signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo earlier this month, stipulates that it is a state policy to promote, propagate, and further develop the practice of organic farming in the Philippines.

The new law establishes a comprehensive National Organize Agricultural Program (NOAP) which will promote, commercialize and cultivate organic farming methods through farmers’ and consumers’ education. The program will be carried by the by NOAB, a policy- making body that will provide the direction and general guidelines for the implementation of the national program.

The NOAB will also identify funding sources to expand organic agriculture, monitor and evaluate the performance of programs for appropriate incentives.

It will also promulgate rules and regulations and exercise other necessary powers and functions to effectively carry out the objectives of RA 10068.

Those who violate RA 10068 face one to six months’ jail term or a fine of not more than 50,000 pesos (1,124 U.S. dollars) or both; offenders in government service will be dismissed from office.

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