Agri chief stresses sector’s role in poverty reduction
Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol reiterated that boosting agriculture performance will alleviate poverty, blasting policy planners and even economic managers — without identifying them — who fail to realize the sector’s importance.
“The equation is very simple: Neglected agriculture results in less productivity thus less income for farmers and high cost of food which then results in greater burden on poor consumers who have to stretch their meager income to buy food,”
“The suggestion that we should just import what the farmers and fishermen could not produce is myopic and a lazy man’s idea.
The official also noted that climate change, which poses threats to food sources across the world, makes a strong case for countries to stop relying on imports but rather strive to produce its own to prevent shortfalls once importing nations see their food begin to deplete.