Ongoing war in Marawi yet to affect Mindanao’s agriculture sector
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the ongoing war in Marawi City is yet to affect the agriculture sector in Mindanao region a few weeks after it has been placed under martial law.
“At present, there was no damages and losses reported on crops and livestock (in Mindanao). Based on supply and price monitoring, priority commodities are available and stable respectively,” Christopher Morales, Agriculture Chief for Field Programs Operational Planning Division, said.
These priority commodities are rice, corn, high value crops, fish, meat, poultry, and eggs.
Morales said, however, that there are slight changes in the status of these commodities in the Province of Lanao Del Sur since Marawi, its capital, became the location of the clash between the government troops and Maute terror group.
“Our concerned regional and provincial offices in coordination with the LGUs (local government units) are continuously monitoring the situation and status of areas possibly affected by the said conflict,” Morales said.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol already said before that the martial law will not negatively affect the agricultural production in Mindanao and it may even help boost efforts to help farmers in the hinterlands of the south.
Piñol said there are certain areas in Mindanao that are affected by the war but as a whole, farmers won’t get affected in the aftermath of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law.