Senator Cynthia Villar urged farmers to take small steps in mitigating the effects of climate change by turning animal wastes into compost and renewable energy sources.
Villar, who chairs both the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food, and Environment and Natural Resources, said animal wastes management will “really go a long way in minimizing the effects of climate change and protecting the environment.”
Speaking at a recent event, Villar underscored the significance of farmers’ training on animal waste management, particularly how to efficiently and appropriately manage and utilize wastes into biogas and vermicompost.
“(It) is very relevant and unique because farmers should not only learn hog-raising or animal production but also the profitable aspect of it,” said Villar in a statement.
She added that farmers should also learn how to care and protect the environment, citing the training’s relevance on the climate change and disease prevention.
Villar said such course and topics are very crucial to the Philippines for two main reasons.
“First, the Philippines is an agricultural country. About two-thirds of the country’s population is, directly or indirectly, involved in agriculture. Second, the Philippines is an archipelago, and as such, is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change,” she said. (Vanne P. Terrazola)