The increasing awareness of people on food safety along with the continuous discovery of the negative impacts of using synthetic pesticides on human health and the environment pushed the agriculture sector to introduce a different way of farming - the organic way. Organic agriculture is based on the four principles it addresses: the principle of health, principle of ecology, principle of fairness, and lastly, the principle of care. With these four principles as its core, organic agriculture continues to progress with clamor from the public.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the fisheries and aquaculture sector is the key to ensure a food secure future for all. The role of aquaculture in ensuring a sustainable supply of fish and fishery products for human consumption cannot be overstated. Along with the positive aspects of aquaculture comes the negative ones. Fish farms can pollute water systems and contribute to environmental degradation due to improper site selection. However, these negative impacts can be addressed by adopting standards that provide measures to attain recommended quality, ensure food safety, secure environmental management, and protect worker’s health and welfare.

By virtue of the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Law of 2013, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is mandated to develop standards specifications and test procedures for agricultural and fisheries machinery and structures as well as to update all existing Philippine Agricultural Engineering Standards (PAES).

November Issue This comic series is the popularized version of Philippine National Standard (PNS) on Fresh Fruit – Pineapple – Specification (PNS/BAFPS 09:2004) and PNS on Code of Good Agricultural Practices for Fruits and Vegetables (PNS/BAFS 49:2017). Each issue will discuss a salient provision of the standards. October’s issue discussed sunburn, a pineapple damage caused by intense sunlight, and ways to prevent further damage. Issue 8: This depicts another pre-harvest defect that may occur in pineapple caused by Pytophthora and the symptoms and preventions

The DA - Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standard (DA-BAFS) will conduct an Online Stakeholders Consultation for the Development of Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Bottle Gourd on November 19, 2020 | Thursday from 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM".