CSF may­oralty as­pi­rant wants more pro­grams for farm­ers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO — The dwin­dling num­ber of farm­ers in this cap­i­tal city has prompted may­oralty can­di­date Vilma Caluag to draft pos­si­ble pro­grams to help farm­ers and pro­vide a sta­ble sup­ply chain for their produ ce.

Caluag said that she is sad­dened by the dwin­dling num­ber of farm­ers in the city and even de­creas­ing num­ber of farm­lands here. The may­oralty as­pi­rant, who is also Barangay Cap­tain of Dolores and a mem­ber of the city coun­cil, said that ur­ban devel­op­ment should meet half­way with the need to main­tain a con­sid­er­able farm­ing sec­tor in the city.

“Farm­ers here told me of their prob­lems in terms of loans and fi­nanc­ing as well as be­ing pro­vided with a di­rect ac­cess to the mar­ket chain. I be­lieve farm­ers should be more em­pow­ered in terms of how they are go­ing to mar­ket their pro­duce as well as given ac­cess to fi­nan­cial sup­port,” Caluag said.

Caluag is push­ing to make farm­ers of this city into agri-en­trepreneurs. She added that to pro­tect farm­ers from mid­dle men and to en­able them to com­mand bet­ter mar­ket prices, farm­ers should be given the skills and know-how in terms of mar­ket­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing their agri­cul­tural op­tions.

The may­oralty-as­pi­rant added that farm­ers should form groups and look af­ter one an­other in order to cre­ate a con­sid­er­able rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the city. She added farm­ers must re­al­ize that as fu­ture farmer en­trepreneurs they will look at farms as busi­nesses. They should be will­ing to take cal­cu­lated risks to make their farms prof­itable for their own busi­ness growth, Caluag added.

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