BACOLOD CITY  — The best practices in organic agriculture as well as the unique culture of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental will be showcased at the 10th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival (NIOFF) on November 25 to 29, this city.

The two Negros provinces, which now compose the Negros Island Region or Region 18, are expected to stage the biggest organic market in the country during the five-day event.

More than 200 local exhibitors and producers will showcase their produce and products at the festival site on North Capitol Road beside the Capitol Lagoon.

Armigena Benedicto, focal person for organic agriculture of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said the number is twice bigger than last year’s number of exhibitors.

On Day 1, which is the Negros Occidental Day, the opening ceremony will start at 9 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol Grounds to be followed by a parade from Capitol Lagoon to the SMX Convention Center for the opening of the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC).

Parallel activities will be held for both NIOFF and NOAC in their respective venues with the common theme, “Halin Talamnan, Tubtub Kalan-an (Farm to Table).”

In the evening, delegates and guests of NIOFF and NOAC will attend the Governor’s Night at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, starting 6 p.m., where they will be treated to the Negros Region Festival.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo will welcome guests and participants.

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture and food production, and Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, alternate chair of the National Organic Agriculture Board, will deliver their messages.

Day 2, the Negros Oriental Day, will feature cultural activities dubbed “Mga Pasundayag” and “Dayon Kamo sa Negros Oriental” showcasing its songs and dances.

The Slow Food Negros Island will lead the Slow Food Summit on November 27. On the same day, the Indigenous Peoples’ Day will feature “Hinampang sang mga Tumandok” from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and the IP Cultural Night at 6 p.m.

November 28 will be the Rural Women’s Day, with the Organic Aquaculture and Responsible Seafoods Forum. In the evening, a concert will be held at the Capitol Lagoon.

The Family Farmers Day on November 29 will be hosted by the Department of Agrarian Reform. PNA