SINAG calls on gov’t to boost local production of agri commodities
Instead of pushing for more importation of agriculture commodities, the Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura (SINAG) has called on the government to support efforts of the local agriculture industry to improve local production and reduce retail prices of basic commodities.
“Farmgate prices have remained constant, despite rising prices of our cost of production the past months. Why are we now being penalized with the proposal of zero tariff for meat and other agriculture products,” SINAG Chair Rosendo So said.
SINAG added the government has been pushing programs to raise revenues and now they want to forego revenues in the guise of lowering inflation.
“Reducing tariffs to zero percent will annihilate the agriculture sector with the expected dumping of cheaper agricultural imports,” So further said.
SINAG is calling on the government to instead help the industry improve local production by providing incentives and public subsidies that will lower cost of production and improve productivity