Philippines rice self-sufficiency target pushed back
7 October 2014
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Due to lack of support to our rice farmers, do not expect a self sufficiency in rice. The farmers do the hard tasks of rice farming yet they are not well compensated with fair palay prices.
And on top of that, the government has granted reclamation of most arable lands to malls and property developers contrary to existing policies (i.e. arable lands should not be utilized for such developments)
Now that the impact of rice insufficency is in front of us, too many alibis are being laid by our fake technocrats. We had those storms and other natural calamities time immemorial, yet we had been self-sufficient. We had failed on long term planning as most of our leaders been busy enriching themselves jeopardizing the national development.
Plant rice in hovering malls, buildings and subdivisions in order to achieve rice sufficiency and buy palay produce at a reasonable price in order to propell active rice farming.
The Phillipines has to many small farms. They produce more per acre than big farms as well. With intensive hard hand labor. So you go to large farms that produce more rice per acre hector. They are less labor intensive. Now what do you do with the people who loose those jobs? They now need education and job skills to work in the city. A 2 edged sword there. So better seed but that cost more and the farmer makes less? Fertilizer once the water buffalo and pig is gone? There is more on the ground than just rice. So what does the more rice croud out? It might be better to move away from rice. And look at ground that can be with little efort changed a little to control erosion and such and increase goat production, corn, vegatables, and many other things. Food is Food. It may be better to look at the whole deal! Not just rice. I see many places in the Philippines were land with just a little labor could produce far more. But not rice.
I have a rice farm here in the countryside, and it will be a long time before self sufficiency due to corruption, Ex. Fresh palay seeds sell at P17 per kilo, then when sold as rice its P45 per kilo, so the farmer gets screwed plus NO government assistance at all.
Mas NAUNA pa kasi KAYABANGAN nitong ADMINISTRATION nato.. Yung COCONUT FARMERS nga PNESTE na ng COCOLISAP wala naman nagawa si ALCALA..lol
Rice sufficiency by 2013, very ambitious, with widespread corruptions in the Department of Agriculture,,,,WOW wildest dreams of Mr. president Penoy and his 2 Sec. dreamers, Pangilinan and Alcala....let them go to a sound sleep and dream for their remaining day in the office.
all this while the vultures are busy filling their pockets of taxpayers money...we won't be rice self sufficient by 2016 and even beyond coz rice importing is just another way of pocketing more and more M O N E Y ! ! ! With 'em guys still there? You bet....
When you vote for stupid people, stop complaining when they DO NOT PERFORM.
Dapat kasi yung part ng South cotabato or saranggani or part ng Davao ang tutukan ng govt na rice granary kasi walang bagyo don dito kasi sa luzon or visayas kada taon sangkatutak na bagyo ang dumadaan so laging na jeopardized ang rice production ng pinas, tsaka dapat pangalagaaan ang lugar na nag produce ng bigas, iwasan ang land convertion. Isa pa dapat din may program ang govt na di lang dapat rice ang magiging staple food natin sa pinas, di ba kahit noon pa wala pang mga kastila di lang tayo asa sa bigas, may sweet potato (kamote), cassva (kamoteng kahoy) and etc
This target will be forgotten when a different administration takes over come 2016. There is usually no continuity in government programs.
the government should study well with our custom-hiring services for agricultural machinery for the benefits of small farmers who are not able to buy for their own, improve the irrigation facilities especially to the rainfed areas and farm to market roads, thus, the farmers could increase their copping intensities, production efficiency, timeliness of cropping and productions and the product transportation. this will motivate farmers, uplift their livelihood and income and reduce the number of farmers that left from farming. its high time for the DA to monitor the remote areas especially in the poorest provinces where many farmers suffering high costs of inputs which lead to indebted and eventually sold their lands just to pay debts.
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