BACOLOD CITY, MAY 31 (PIA) – Robert Gasparillo of the Negros Island Organic Certification Services (NICERT) based in Bacolod City said certified-organic products enjoy brisk sales in Metro Manila and in the USA, Europe, Canada and Japan because they are healthy and chemical-free.

Gasparillo told participants of the 1st Regional Techno Gabay Summit and TechnoMart at Amigo Plaza Hall in Iloilo City, recently that the ‘Organik Na Negros Market’ in Bacolod alone could not supply the high demand for organic-certified poultry eggs and chicken meat.

He said when consumers buy products that are certified organic, they get more value for their money and are protected against fake organic products. Producers also benefit from organic certification because they could already sell their products at premium prices here and abroad, added.

Organic product certification was presented as a tool in the commercialization of science-and-technology-based products during the TechnoMart that was attended by Magsasaka-Siyentista (farmer-scientists), members of colleges and universities, and representatives of the Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in Western Visayas.

To date, NICERT has certified the products of 20 individuals, smallholder groups, and firms from Negros, Iloilo and Cebu. These products include fertilizers, vegetables, herbs, root crops, fruits, grains, coffee, sugarcane, meat and poultry, aquaculture and processed foods. *(JCM/CAD/PIA6/OPA/FITs)

(To read more on this topic go to:  http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=35550

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