DA wants to end exploitation of poor farmers in Panay
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he has found out that rice farmers in the four provinces in Panay, including the island province of Guimaras, are getting almost half the price for their produce compared to other farmers in Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Davao Region and Central Mindanao.
While the buying price of freshly harvested paddy rice is between P18 to P20 per kilo in the three regions mentioned above, the Ilonggo farmers get as low as P8 to P12 per kilo for their produce.
“The painful part of this story is that farmers get their financing from the same traders who buy their produce and they pay exorbitant interest rates,” Piñol said.
“The oppression of Ilonggo farmers must end now. I will not allow it to continue anymore because it is an outright injustice and oppression. In other provinces, farmers sell their fresh palay for P18 every kilo,” he added.
Piñol said he will come back to the province “again and again” until the Ilonggo farmer gets what is fair and his rightful reward for his pain and hard work.
“As promised, I will come back time and again to Iloilo until I see the end of the exploitation and oppression,” he added