Farmers gets vote in NFA Council
Farmers will now get their voice heard in the National Food Authority Council, the policy-making body of the NFA.
In its regular meeting this month, the NFA Council approved the move to give the farmers’ representative to get one vote during its meeting.
“That one vote for our farmers is a milestone in our efforts to include the voice of the sector that is greatly affected by the policies decided upon by this body,” NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay said in a statement.
Farmers are currently represented in the nine-seat NFA Council by Edwin Paraluman, a farmer from General Santos City who belongs Provincial Farmers Action Council, the Nursery Farmer Irrigators Association, and the Biotech Coalition of the Philippines.
“This could pave way for policy decisions that could better represent the needs and concerns of our farmers and agricultural workers and we are grateful to the current members of the NFA Council,” Paraluman said.
The move to count the vote of farmers in the NFA Council is in compliance with the Magna Carta of Small Farmers.
The NFA’s mandate is to ensure food security and stabilize the supply and price of staple cereals, which requires balancing the interest of both farmers and consumers.
The NFA Council is currently chaired by Secretary Fredelita Guiza, the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, with Dalisay as vice chair. The others in the council are representatives from: the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Finance, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, and the National Economic and Development Authority. (Eileen A. Mencias)