“We challenge candidates to heed the demands of our food producers and consumers to ensure that food security and rice agenda are part of their platforms.”
Tags: Rice Tariffication
“Even darak (ground rice bran used as pig feed) sells higher than the actual grain.”
For Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Duterte’s SONA only renewed his administration’s commitment to fully implement “anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-worker policies.”
The Philippines has now embarked on import liberalization of its staple – a dangerous path not just for the country’s food security, but more importantly, for that elusive economic development.
By DEE AYROSO
“It’s the beginning of the end of the local rice industry. Even with the rice industry enhancement fund, the local rice industry do not stand a chance with massive rice imports.”
Given our abundant arable lands and rich natural resources, we could grow enough of our own food, export those raw or processed products that we are unable to consume, and build an industrial economy. But the Philippine state’s inexcusable failure to develop our agriculture, over the decades, has instead kept us mired in periodic crises…