Higher budget sought for water management
MANILA, Philippines – Budget for water management and soil rejuvenation should be doubled to sustain the country’s adaptation mechanism against El Niño and climate change, a former agriculture secretary said.
Former Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the funds allocated for the government’s Yamang Lupa program should be hiked to P100 million from the initial budget of P30 million three years ago.
“It should be P100 million for the next three years. If you don’t improve your soil and water even if you have the best crop varieties, you cannot fully optimize productivity,” Dar said in a phone interview.
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