“He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.(KJV)”

A vermiculture and vermicomposting seminar with a group of farmers and colleagues to promote green farming was held Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Genazon Farms, General Nakar Quezon. The event was hosted by Engineer Mamerto Poblete who owns the farm.

Poblete previously invited this writer through a text message which reads: Good morning classmates. Good news for those who are interested in vermicompost production. There will be a demo here at my farm on July 30, at 10 am to 12 noon. They (referring to Vermicon) will bring earthworms for sale.

The message was posted by the writer to the facebook account of Batch 1976 of Mount Carmel High School, Infanta Quezon now Mt. Carmel School of Infanta (MCSI) to drum up attendance. Poblete is the president of MCHS Batch 1976. He said, ”By doing vermiculture and vermicomposting we help address waste management and resource conservation.”  He added it will help enrich the fertility of the soil and increase farm productivity in contrast with chemical fertilizers which is harmful to health and environment.

The lecture which was a combination of PowerPoint presentation and actual demonstration was conducted by Angel C. Brilla, marketing supervisor of Vermicom Enterprises Company based in Los Banos, Laguna. Brilla explained the worm African Nightcrawler variety (Eudrilus eugeniea) is being propagated for vermiculture because it is more effective at composting and it is the most suited to the Philippine climate.

Brilla qouted retired scientist and former executive director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development  Rafael Dineros Guerrero III saying, “ we are a decade behind from the rest of the world when it comes to vermicomposting.” Guerrero pioneered vermiculture and vermicomposting  science and technology in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He is also TOFIL Awardee for Science & Technology in 2008.

Another reason for advocating vermiculture (cultivation of worms to make compost) and vermicomposting (process of composting produced from earthworms) Brilla added, was that it is in line with the Section 20 of Republic Act 10068, also known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 of the Philippine government which was authored by  then representative of the 2nd District of Quezon Province now the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala.

The said act provides for a nationwide promotion of developed and commercially viable biodegradable farm wastes and by-products through various extension strategies to accelerate the production, use and distribution of organic fertilizers, in this case, vermiculture and vermicomposting which is now being undertaken by Engineer Mamerto Poblete of Genazon Farm, in General Nakar, Quezon.

Filipino farmers or any farmer in the world can help curb pollution, carbon dioxide emission and other greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming by doing this technology. The urgency to act is high as nature communicates to humans the real condition of our environment with calamities never experienced before because of climate change. Together, let us make things happen to heal mother Earth. It is the only one we got.

Little things can make a big difference”- Malcolm Gladwell


About Maria Arlene V. Goyenechea

mother of four, married, female, Filipina, fascinated with Japanese culture
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