Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar on Wednesday (May 11) said he would work with the next administration to secure the agency's proposed 10-year food plan and programs.
Dar said that he would pitch a P2.5 trillion National Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization and Industrialization Plan (NAFMIP) to help improve farm productivity. The NAFMIP plan targets to have a P250 billion budget annually for 10 years, for a total of P2.5 trillion.
“We have details of the P250 billion budget for next year, anchored on the NAFMIP, the 10-year strategy plan of the Department of Agriculture. We are readying, meron na kaming transition document na anytime now, siguro, wag ngayong week na ito, but within the next 2 weeks ay we will seek audience to the transition camp of President-elect Bongbong Marcos (We are readying, we have a transition document that anytime now, maybe, not this week, but within the next two weeks, we will seek audience to the transition camp of President-elect Bongbong Marcos," Dar said.
Presumptive president Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has been vague about his plans for the agriculture sector save for a campaign promise to reduce the price of rice to P20 per kilo.
Coming to Marcos’ defenses, Dar said that the frontrunner might have been pertaining to farmgate prices of palay or rice which is currently at P19 per kilo.
"I surmise that what has been mentioned as P20 per kilo is possibly for palay. Yung farmgate price kasi ngayon presently, ay P19. So ako I am supporting that idea to make it P20 para mas mataas pa ang kita para sa ating ng mga magsasaka (The farmgate price is presently at P19. I am supporting that idea to make it P20 for even higher income for our farmers)," Dar said.
Earlier, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that it would be a "mistake" if the agriculture agency retains its leadership despite investigations into the smuggling of agricultural products in the country, putting local farmers at a disadvantage.
The agriculture secretary also pushed for the importation of galunggong (round scad) despite the resistance of local producers.
Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom.
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