GOV’T SHOULD FA­CIL­I­TATE SMALL FARM­ING

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

The let­ters of Sar­ryna Ge­site (“Stop the vi­cious cy­cle of farmer poverty”) and Ed­win Par­aluman (“De­pri­va­tion of ben­e­fits”), both pub­lished last April 9, res­onated deeply with me.

I think the Philip­pines is a rare ex­am­ple of a de­vel­op­ing coun­try that has not done com­pre­hen­sive land re­form. Even the tiny na­tion of Bo­livia, where I was a mis­sion­ary, has done that. The indige­nous Quechua and Ay­mara own farms. I didn’t see big farm­lands owned by land­lords.

I agree that our gov­ern­ment is not do­ing enough for our farm­ers. It should fa­cil­i­tate small farm­ing—pro­vide tech­ni­cal ad­vice, small loans for fer­til­iz­ers and tools, set up co­op­er­a­tives for rice mills, fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion to avoid the mid­dle peo­ple, or even buy rice at sub­si­dized prices and sell at af­ford­able low prices for the poor.

I call on our gov­ern­ment to be more proac­tive in rais­ing the eco­nomic sta­tus of our farm­ers.

SR. NENITA TAPIA, MM, ntapia0530@gmail.com

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