‘Infrastructure got big chunk of P431-billion budget for agriculture’
Farm infrastructure, including irrigation facilities, got the lion’s share of the agriculture sector’s total budget of P431 billion from 2011 to 2016, according to the former chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said 67 percent of the budget given to the sector was spent to construct irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, trading centers and community fish landings.
“Case in point, the P431-billion agriculture budget from 2011 to 2016 was P45 billion more than the budget from 1975 to 2010,” Alcala said in a report, titled Philippine Agriculture Report Card 2010 to 2016.
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