Growing population threatens food security in PH
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that even if the country achieves rice sufficiency by the Year 2020 as programmed, maintaining the level of food security will be fleeting and temporary unless the massive population growth is checked.
“Lest I am misunderstood, let me make it clear that my position has nothing to do with the government’s Reproductive Health advocacy. I am simply sharing this view as a farmer and now head of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,” Piñol noted.
According to him, there will be a point in the life of this nation when the land and the seas will no longer be able to produce enough food for Filipinos.
He said that farmers can only produce as much food as there are lands to till and fishermen could only catch as much fish as there are seas to sail.
“Beyond that, not even the best agriculturist could ensure that there will be enough food for everybody,” Piñol warned.
The DA chief then said that this is something that the government’s leaders must understand and appreciate that the need to manage population is not an affront on a religious dogma but part of the struggle for the survival of the nation.
“Food sufficiency is directly correlated to the number of mouths to feed. We may achieve rice sufficiency by 2020 but it will be temporary and fleeting. This is both a challenge and a warning,” he further said.