MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. to make the Philippines an agriculture resource hub in Asia.
In his speech at the opening ceremonies of the Agrilink, Foodlink, Aqualink Trade Fairs 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Thursday, Marcos reiterated that his administration will continue to strengthen its support to farmers and fishermen.
This is in the midst of ongoing efforts by the government and the private sector to modernize the agriculture value chain where among the aids that the government will provide are seeds, fertilizers, machinery, equipment, facilities as well as fingerlings and domestic animals in farmers.
Marcos also acknowledged the efforts of the private sector to assist government initiatives by giving farmers and fishermen access to new methods of production and marketing of agricultural products.
“With our energies and resources combined, I am confident that we will not only achieve our goal of feeding the Filipino people, but also achieve our dream of making the Philippines a leading agricultural resource hub in the region and the world,” ayon sa Pangulo.
Such efforts, the President said, will allow the local agricultural sector to “catch up” with those from other countries after being neglected by previous administrations.
Currently, the Chief Executive said the government has released P590 million for Rice Farmers Financial Assistance and P320 million for its Fuel Discount Program for Farmers and Fishermen.
The government also released P1.54 billion worth of Quick Response Fund to 17 million farmers and fishermen to help them cope with the effects of disasters on their livelihoods.
In the end, Marcos reiterated his promise to continue to support the agricultural sector under his administration. RNT
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