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Farmers file plunder against President Aquino, agriculture officials

“The fact that as early as 2007, the transactions of the bogus NGOs have already started should have been enough reason not to continue with their accreditation. But, the DA did not lift a finger to delist and file criminal cases against the said NGOs. As such, it could be reasonably concluded that the respondents-officials of the DA have conspired and benefited from the scam.”

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –When the Philippines lifted quantitative restrictions on agricultural products except rice, the government allocated funds purportedly to help farmers affected by the flooding of imported agricultural products. The Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (Acef) was created in 1996 by virtue of Republic Act 8178 to “protect local producers of agricultural…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“As long as the Aquino government continues with the same policies that have perpetuated the backward, labor-intensive and low-yielding domestic agriculture, rice-self sufficiency will not be realized.” – Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano

“It is the farmers, without any meaningful support from the government, who principally worked for a bountiful harvest. Even the so-called budget for irrigation cannot be claimed as government support because we’re the ones paying the exorbitant irrigation fees. Now, because the the government is giving measly funds for the national rice and corn program,…

NEWS RELEASE February 26, 2010 Anakpawis Partylist today demanded the Department of Agriculture (DA) to immediately address the effects of El Nino and provide urgent assistance and 100% subsidy to farmers and fisherfolks affected by the drought throughout the country. “Millions of rice and corn farmers in drought-hit regions like Cagayan Valley, Northern Luzon, Central…

A fact-finding mission led by various peasant groups and non-government organizations revealed that farmers in Nueva Ecija towns received substandard hybrid rice seeds under the government’s GMA Rice Program. Worse, the Department of Agriculture’s response to the problem was far from being satisfactory. BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat Unlike the traditional rice seeds, the SL-8H…

Does the Department of Agriculture (DA) have only three months left to stay in Manila? This is the question of employees at the Office of the Secretary (OSEC), now that there is a specific directive from the President herself to hasten the transfer of the DA office from Quezon City to Ilagan City, Isabela (approximately…