DA mulls program of sending families back to provinces to start farming
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said a veteran newsman proposed to him the idea of luring families to go back to their provinces with the needed support from government to help decongest urban centers and contribute to greater agricultural productivity under a program called “Balik sa Kabukiran.”
He said that under the proposal, slum dwelling families will be asked to join a relocation program, which will assure them of financial support during the first few years.
During that time, they should be able to establish their livelihood programs in their lands.
Those with farms to go back to could be offered a package of assistance from financial support for the first two to three years after relocation, viable livelihood projects and marketing assistance.
Meanwhile, those who do not have any property could be offered public lands under a stewardship arrangement which they could use to be productive.
It was radio anchorman Henry Uri, a long-time member of the Manila Broadcasting Corporation’s DZRH station, who brought up the idea during the weekly”Biyaheng Bukid” program which Piñol co-hosts with him.
“The idea came up after the on-air discussion tackled the programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which offers Easy Access Credit and support for farmers to be able to use their lands for food production,” Piñol said.