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Assist native farmers guarantee PH meals safety — Legarda

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Nationalist Folks’s Coalition senatorial candidate Loren Legarda will get a rousing welcome throughout a sortie in Malabon the place she spent a few years as a baby.

MANILA, Philippines — Amid dire warnings by the United Nations of a looming scarcity of staple crops and rising meals costs as a result of conflict in Ukraine, three-term Senator Loren Legarda on Thursday known as on the nation’s financial managers to make sure meals safety by serving to Filipino farmers and fisherfolk.

Citing a report from the UN Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Growth (IFAD), Legarda stated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final month has prevented grain shipments from the 2 international locations which collectively account for roughly 25% of world wheat exports and 16% of corn exports. She stated the disaster is now being felt in a few of the world’s poorest international locations, together with the Philippines.

Legarda stated some international locations like Turkey reportedly banned wheat flour exports to safe its personal wants. Subsequent to Ukraine, she stated Turkey is among the Philippines’ greatest sources of wheat flour, the primary ingredient for bread, the staple pan de sal and different meals merchandise.

“The conflict in Ukraine is instructing us a really beneficial lesson: we can’t depend on different international locations for our meals wants. We should produce our personal if we need to guarantee our survival and meals safety,” she confused.

Whereas the Philippines doesn’t produce wheat, Legarda stated native farmers produce a number of corn. However as a substitute of getting help from the Division of Agriculture (DA), their livelihood is being threatened by plans to chop tariffs and improve allowable import volumes.

“Corn is essential not just for the animal feed trade but in addition for our meals wants. Tens of millions of Filipinos eat corn as a staple or combine it with rice. That makes it a vital crop,” she defined.

Nonetheless, some members of the financial workforce are contemplating a discount within the corn tariff to 5 p.c for in-quota imports below the minimal entry quantity (MAV) scheme from 35 p.c, and to fifteen p.c for out-quota imports.

“This might kill the native corn trade and the 62.5 million Filipinos counting on corn farming and its associated industries. Moreover, why import when native corn is cheaper, if not higher, than imports?” she requested.

Legarda stated the identical is true with rice, pork, rooster, fish and even greens. “The Philippines considers itself an agricultural nation however Filipino farmers don’t appear to get the help they want. As a substitute, we’re counting on imports for our meals wants,” she confused.

If reelected to the Senate, Legarda stated she would assist empower farmers by offering them a strategic mixture of coverage and funding help to assist them modernize and compete globally. “I’ve many mates within the agri sector who say that they don’t want any funding from authorities. All they want is a coverage atmosphere favorable to native producers and never importation as a ‘fast repair’ answer to our meals wants,” she confused.

/MUF

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