Prioritize farmers, fisherfolk – Pangilinan

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If the Philippines is to reach “developed nation status” in the next 10-15 years, it must address income and growth in the agriculture sector, Secretary Francis Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization said. Speaking before an international forum, he said, “We must put farmers, fisherfolk and agriculture communities first.” They comprise about 60% of the country’s labor force. Yet the average Filipino farmer makes roughly P23,000 ($529) a year only and owns 1.5 hectares of land. In contrast, the Chinese farmer earns $967 a year, while the average Thai farmer earns $1,370.

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