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PIÑOL'S AGRICULTURAL PLAN

PIÑOL'S AGRICULTURAL PLAN
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PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte — During the visit of incoming Agriculture Secretary Emannuel  "Manny" Piñol today (14 June 2016),  bore his plan for the country's food security as part of his nationwide tour dubbed "Biyaheng Bukid.".

Piñol is visit the farmers and fishermen from remote areas of the country, and gather first-hand information about their agricultural situation before assuming office on 01 July 2016.

Piñol said that "Mas gusto ko na yung farmers 'yung nagsasabi sa akin kung ano ang kailangan nila and then we will come up with a program then we will fund the program,".

Piñol, a former governor and vice governor of North Cotabato, said his main task is to make sure Filipinos have enough food on their tables.




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He said food security and sufficiency can be achieved through three ways:

1. Fast and effective technology transfer.
2. Easy credit scheme for farmers.
3. Efficient marketing strategy of farm products.

Piñol also said  that he will implement a nationwide School on the Air program, or SOA, to be aired daily. He said the program will serve as a helpdesk for farmers through the use of a text hotline as part of the fast and effective technology transfer.

Piñol, who was also a radio announcer, said latest technologies and best agricultural practices will be aired through the program.

Following the directive of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Piñol said the Department of Agriculture will also implement a  micro-lending program to fund agriculture initiatives of farmers by allocating PhP 1 billion per region.

Piñol also vowed to help farmers market their products by establishing food terminals on strategic locations.




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Source: Philstar

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