Stop importing agri products, help Pinoy farmers more

Beryson sa Filipino.

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. yesterday said the government should abandon its penchant for importing agricultural products and instead provide easy credit facilities to farmers, lead research and development in agriculture, improve the country’s irrigation system which has deteriorated since 1984, and continue pursuing the construction of more farm-to-market roads in strategic areas.

Marcos said statistics show that 70 percent of the poor are in the agriculture sector.

“Kaya’t sa palagay ko balikan muna natin ang agrikultura and make public investments not only in funding, infrastructure and in all other ways we can help our farmers.”

Earlier, reports said the country’s economy grew by 6 percent in the third quarter of the year, the third fastest expansion of economies in Asia in the quarter with China and Vietnam leading respectively.

“Sinasabi nila ang ganda raw ng ating ekonomiya, one of the best in Asia pero hindi nararamdaman ng taong bayan. Ang yumayaman lamang yung mayaman na at yung mga malalaking korporasyon. Kaya’t ang dapat nating tinitingnan ay inclusive growth,” Marcos said in his speech during the celebration of Sarangani Province’s 23rd anniversary.

Marcos emphasized, “Government must institute measures to ensure the benefits of economic growth will be felt by all Filipinos.”

Marcos lamented that despite the good performance of the country’s economy the poverty rate remains practically unchanged along with the unemployment rate, prompting many Filipinos to seek jobs.

“Let us start from the very foundation of our economy—the agricultural sector. I believe that doing so would make our country a better place for all of our people,” Marcos concluded.

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