By Ernie Reyes
CAVITE — Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has shared this key agriculture policy to double the budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in six years or by 2028 or earlier, ensuring the food security of all Filipinos.
Pangilinan said this during a dialogue with rice and vegetable farmers in Barangay Sampaloc 2, Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Thursday, Nov. 25.
DA’s 2021 budget is about P85 billion.
The strategy in the next six years, according to Pangilinan, is to increase government assistance to farmers and fishermen, help them manage their own enterprise, and lift them out of poverty.
During the dialogue, the farmers openly discussed their problems, ranging from inadequate technology training, soaring prices of farm inputs, lack of equipment, and access to the market.
Larry Bustos, one of the farmers in the dialogue, said they are very much interested in improving the quality of their produce through organic farming but are in need of government support in the area of technology training.
While he lauded the passage of the Sagip Saka Law authored by Pangilinan, Bustos said the government should ensure that these laws are “properly implemented”.