“Thus, the government, national and local alike,
through their respective front line agencies and
offices concern with food and agriculture should
and must intervene, with precise and concrete
program and actions, to counter act the trend
and maintain economic balance and food sufficiency.“
There are lots of reasons to be celebrate on the news that the Russians are opening its doors to Philippine AGRI produce.
However, like any other good news, there are always the other sides to consider.
For farmers planting exportable products like Cavendish Banana (as seen in the picture on the news item below), it is a very welcome development. Absent the newest commitment of China and Russia, this year’s prices of Cavendish Banana have given more than enough, based on expectation, revenue and income for the farmer-growers. For as high as P 500.00 per box, for a period of more than 7 consecutive months (March to September), there have been more landowners converted their farms from other crops to Cavendish Banana. This has resulted to a clear and present danger on the production of food crops (rice, corn) which is the primary products to ensure food security and sufficiency.
Thus, the government, national and local alike, through their respective front line agencies and offices concern with food and agriculture should and must intervene, with precise and concrete program and actions, to counter act the trend and maintain economic balance and food sufficiency.
Just sharing what’s on my mind.
For farmers who are obliged to respect their contracts with multinational companies doing business in the Cavendish Banana industry, it is already a high time to demand realistic, comprehensive and timely ECONOMIC REVIEW relative to the products’ buying and selling price. Make a stand, and assert your right to it, after all you owned the land and grow the fruits. Seek mediation and arbitration from government, both national and local, through DA, MAGRO, PAGRO to express your demands. Have real access to data and information on the prevailing international buying rate of Cavendish Banana. Note that your obligation has added up with the implementation of “ENDO”.
Here’s the news…