Farmers need help meeting supermarket demands: Pangilinan
Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the government and private sector have to help the farmers increase their productivity after five supermarket chains agreed to buy onion and garlic directly from farmers.
Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, said the commitment of the supermarket chains is “timely” and should be “the norm because our farmers’ income would increase and their lives would be lifted from poverty.”
“Now we need to ensure that our farmers have the capacity to meet that demand,” he said.
SM, Rustan’s, Shopwise, and SaveMore made the commitment through the initiative of presidential adviser on economic enterprise and GoNegosyo head Joey Concepcion, while Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol secured the 20 strong supermarkets of NCCC Mall in Mindanao.
Pangilinan said the private sector can help agriculture to improve and to increase demand for products, while government needs to meet the farmers’ need for storage and transport facilities.
“The support for them should be able to catch up,” Pangilinan said.