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.