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Organic Fertilizer Value Chain Opportunities and Challenges in Cagayan Valley, Philippines

Nilo E. Padilla 1, D. C. Cañete 1, and V. S. Simbulan 2
1. College of Agriculture, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela, Philippines
2. College of Arts and Sciences, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela, Philippines
Abstract—This study determined the value chain map of organic fertilizer; identify the stakeholders’ role, measure value addition, identify opportunities and awareness of stakeholders. Focus Group Discussion, key informant interview and survey method were used to establish value chain map, opportunities, challenges, and value addition. Organic fertilizer in the Valley originates from input suppliers who are in general animal raisers, the most dominant of which are swine, cattle, and poultry raisers as source of animal wastes. They are household, commercial, NGO, or individual animal raisers. Crop residue is the second most important input in organic fertilizer production. Corn, banana, and rice crop residues were the main sources of crop residues. Corn and banana crop residues were found to be the primary sources of phosphorus and potassium respectively while nitrogen source are animal wastes particularly chicken dung. Processors or producers of organic fertilizer in the Valley are farmers or farmer groups who produce organic fertilizer for their own consumption. Two farmers’ cooperatives and one private entrepreneur produce organic fertilizer on commercial scale. Several cooperatives are also engaged in organic fertilizer production but the operations are on infant stage that needs strong technical and financial support from the government and NGOs. Organic fertilizer originates from input suppliers who were swine, cattle and poultry raisers as sources of animal waste. Crop residues such as corn, banana and rice crops were the sources of phosphorus and potassium while the nitrogen sources were the chicken dung. Processors or producers were farmers who produced commercial fertilizers. Value chain map and value stakeholders’ role in organic fertilizer were identified including their degree of awareness. Values added along the value chain were highest among processors, followed by input providers. Opportunities include: increased employment, livelihood and poverty alleviation increased utilization of crop residues, biodegradable wastes, and less dependence on inorganic fertilizer.
 
Index Terms—organic fertilizer, value chain map, value addition, opportunities, challenges

Cite: Nilo E. Padilla, D. C. Cañete, and V. S. Simbulan, "Organic Fertilizer Value Chain Opportunities and Challenges in Cagayan Valley, Philippines," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 128-133, June 2017. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.4.2.128-133
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