Du30 sees PH agri prosper in 30 years
If the nation supports government initiatives on law and order, including ending extortion activities by bandit groups victimizing local farmers, President Rodrigo Duterte sees agriculture to be a major industry in the Philippines again in 30 years’ time
During the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Banana Congress held in Davao City last week, Duterte emphasized the role of Mindanao plantations in the development of agriculture in the country, Manila Times reported.
He stressed, however, law and order is still the biggest hurdle to the country’s banana industry in Mindanao, recognizing that owners of plantations in the area are still being harassed by lawless groups.
“Until and unless you can put together a country that’s bereft of any revolutionary tax, extortion and everything, sinusunog ang property [properties are being burned]– it’s all because of taxation. If it’s not taxation [by]the communists, it’s extortion of the roving bandits in Mindanao,” the President said in the report.
Some stakeholders of the agriculture sector, particularly big banana plantations, have been seeking government support and protection against extortionists from the communist rebel group New Peoples Army (NPA), who remain to demand “revolutionary” taxes, Manila Times said.