Pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Guidelines of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (RA 10068), the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) is mandated to perform the following activities:
- Formulate standards (Section 4)
- Accredit organic certifying bodies (Section 15)
- Register organic food and input producers; (Section 16)
- Serve as the National Organic Agriculture Board Secretariat (Section 10) ; and
- Foster coordination among various stakeholders and relevant agencies to ensure adoption of Organic Agriculture farming System (Section 11).
In compliance to the said provisions, the Bureau has actively performed activities for the regulation, promotion and implementation of organic agriculture in the country. However, there are still some issues that hamper the implementation of the program, notably, limited awareness to organic agriculture policies and regulations, narrow access to training and mentoring services regarding organic agriculture technology, inadequate productivity enhancement programs, difficulty in getting organic certification and registration of products, and lack of market linkages and networks. Aside from these, there is the need for sharing and dissemination of best practices, extensive research and development programs.
Cognizant of these issues and concerns, the Bureau will conduct series of group discussions with various stakeholders in target regions to identify the needs and strategies to effectively implement the Bureau’s tasks and responsibilities in the regulation and promotion of organic agriculture across all sectors of society.