Duterte’s Asia state visits to reshape PH agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visits to China and Japan “may yet result in the dramatic reshaping and modernisation of Philippine agriculture.”
Piñol said he was surprised in Beijing last week when President Duterte said that agriculture and fisheries will be the biggest beneficiaries of China’s $6-billion grant to the Philippine government.
In Japan, Piñol said President Duterte again pitched the country’s farm sector and said that Japan’s support to Philippine agriculture will help bring peace in the country and lift many Filipino out of poverty.
Piñol said he talked to Japan’s agriculture minister about the possibility of a yen loan for the purchase of farm equipment including post-harvest facilities during the state dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Today, as I leave Japan for two more engagements in Canada and the United States to promote Philippine agriculture products, I feel like I am on Cloud 9,” Piñol said. “I am now imagining a Philippine rural scene where concrete roads lead from the farms to the market, where tractors, planters, harvesters and processing mills are humming and working in the countryside and where the bountiful harvest from the country’s coastal waters reach the wet markets of the big cities and even the remotes villages in the country.”
Piñol said it is no longer just a dream as the administration is working to turn it into a reality.