Agricultural imports opposed

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Filipino agricultural producers will present solutions to the high prices of food and declare their opposition to the importation of agricultural products Friday morning at the Max’s Restaurant in Quezon City Circle.

Under the call “Ipagtanggol at Tangkilikin ang Agrikultura Natin!” stakeholders from Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) and farmers from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, AMIHAN National Federation of Peasant Women and fisherfolks from PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas will show the united stand of Filipino agricultural producers against importation of rice, fish, livestock, poultry and other agricultural products.

“Steadily rising food prices have contributed to the all-time high national inflation rate of 6.4% and the government could do no more than give shameful excuses and preposterous solutions including consumption of bukbok rice and formalin-laced galunggong,” according to the groups’ statement.

“PH agri producers have the capacity and capability to feed the entire nation sans importation if only the government would genuinely support local producers, raisers and fishers,” they said. “Defend and promote our agriculture!”

Aside from presenting the solutions to the food crisis, leading stakeholders in local agriculture will present ways on how the government and the public can fully support the sector.

A side event of the presentation is a Twitter Rally encouraging netizens to join their cause using #lovekoAgri_ph on Friday, 7 September.

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