Senator Pangilinan sees food crisis as Farmers getting fewer

Pangilinan said the key to encouraging new blood in the agricultural sector was to improve support to farmers so that they could increase their income.

He favored the strengthening of the local government’s role in agricultural productivity because the local executives know the needs of their farmers.

“I am more partial to the idea of just letting the [Department of Agriculture] set the policy direction and then let the local governments implement [that policy],” Pangilinan said.

The local governments’ capacity building should be improved so that they can provide the right agricultural extension services to farmers, he said.

Economists and experts said the Philippine government’s weak extension service is one of the reasons for the low yield in the farm sector.

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  • Anonymous

    PresidentNoynoy continues GMA actions of selling hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land to China. This may be against the Constitution (or China has found ways around 1987 Constitution (It’s not selling, it is for-rent-only) but this land-for-China is one way to increase Pilipinas agricultural productivity. The food from the ChinaLand-in-Pilipinas gets sent to China. China-Land-in-Pilipinas pays taxes/fees/”others” to Pilipinas which is used to buy food from Vietnam and Thailand.

  • Anonymous

    PresidentNoynoy continues GMA actions of selling hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land to China. This may be against the Constitution (or China has found ways around 1987 Constitution (It’s not selling, it is for-rent-only) but this land-for-China is one way to increase Pilipinas agricultural productivity. The food from the ChinaLand-in-Pilipinas gets sent to China. China-Land-in-Pilipinas pays taxes/fees/”others” to Pilipinas which is used to buy food from Vietnam and Thailand.

  • Anonymous

    PresidentNoynoy continues GMA actions of selling hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land to China. This may be against the Constitution (or China has found ways around 1987 Constitution (It’s not selling, it is for-rent-only) but this land-for-China is one way to increase Pilipinas agricultural productivity (but the land-for-China practice may not increase food for Pinoys-in-Pilipinas).