Embassy project in Iloilo inauguratedEnlarge image The Embassy supported the renovation of this building used as vermicompost facility. Production of organic fertilizer promotes sustainable organic farming and serves as a source of income for the beneficiairies. (© Hanuschke)
The small-scale development project “Aganan River Federation of Irrigators Association (ARFIA) Vermicomposting Livelihood Project” funded by the German Embassy Manila was recently inaugurated in Oton, Iloilo. The project was implemented by Philippine Business for Social Progress in cooperation with ARFIA.
Embassy funds (around 500,000 Php) were used to purchase substrate materials and renovate a glasshouse to be used as vermicomposting site. The project aims to promote organic farming and benefit more than 700 local farmers by increasing their income through the use of low-cost organic fertilizer. In addition, the profit generated by the vermicompost site will be used to fund post-harvest facilities and improve services for the farmers in the future.
Enlarge image Handing over of plaque of appreciation during inauguration (© Hanuschke)
The formal inauguration and turn-over of the project took place on 19 April 2012. Oton Vice Mayor Jose Niel Olivares and Engineer Gerardo Corsiga, Regional Manager of the National Irrigation Administration – Region 6, expressed their gratitude for the Embassy’s support through its small-scale projects scheme.
Small-scale projects are local initiatives funded by the German Embassy and implemented through non-profit entities. Through quick and direct assistance, the projects aim to directly improve the quality of life of the poorest sectors of society.
24 April 2012