New DA chief wants Filipino farmers to have more harvest, income
Newly appointed Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that he will not focus on increasing the harvest of farmers and fishermen, but he also want them to have bigger income.
“Today, we give birth to our twin objectives: ani at kita [harvest and income],” Dar said.
Aiming for inclusive growth and development, Dar had recently put forward eight paradigms that make up the “new thinking” for agriculture, which he introduced as the revised Department of Agriculture’s (DA) vision and mission.
He discussed how modernization, industrialization, promotion of exports, farm consolidation, infrastructure development, roadmap development, higher budget, and legislative support will help translate the department’s vision of a food-secure country with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk.
Meeting the challenge of reversing the view that agriculture is the weakest link in the economy, Dar enjoined everyone’s support for the sector to grow at least two percent in July 2020 and three to four percent in 2022.
“Let us all unite to provide graft-free, swift, quality, service to our beloved farmers and fishers, agri-stakeholders, and partners,” Dar said.
“Join us in nurturing our new offspring… Ani and Kita,” he further said.