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Farmers present programs in agri for PBBM

July 02, 2022 - Saturday 2:07 PM by Patricia Francia Lachica

Article Banner Image Photo from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas FB page

Peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Friday proposed plans for the agriculture sector that can be done in the first 100 days of the Marcos Jr. administration, especially as President Bongbong Marcos Jr. is the temporary agriculture chief. 

“To achieve genuine food sufficiency amid a looming food crisis, the government must pour in a significant budget for agriculture and support the boosting and strengthening of local food production.

Marcos Jr. can also certify as urgent House Bill No. 406 or the P15,000 Production Subsidy for the country’s 9.7 million farmers and fisherfolks,” KMP stated. 

House Bill 406 or the P15,000 Production Subsidy will help cover the cost of fertilizers for the small farmers and peasants who till the land. The mentioned bill can also help stimulate the agriculture sector’s production instead of relying on imported rice. 

“These are actual demands of farmers and food producers. If Marcos Jr. has the political will and determination to put action into his words then he must consider these proposed doables,” the group added.

According to their statement, these programs include issuing an executive order against converting agricultural lands suitable for the production of staple food crops, also resolving long-standing agrarian disputes, stopping the policy of food import dependency policy, revoking fish import permits, and reviewing and revising the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act.

KMP further presented some of their proposal to suspend the Rice Liberalization Law that liberalizes the importation of rice in the country. 

They added in their release that President Bongbong Marcos Jr. should also immediately suspend excise tax on oil products amid soaring pump prices, and certify as “urgent food self-sufficiency bills” like the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill.