Tulungan ang mga magsasaka! Duterte orders Agricultural to buy all palay harvest at reasonable prices

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Wednesday to buy all palay harvest this season as number of farmers complained of low prices for their produce due to the rice tariffication law.

The chief executive insisted to buy the farmers produce even if it would lead to massive loss from the government side.

“The solution should be or will be for the Secretary of Agriculture to buy all. Magkano ba presyo nila? Bilhin natin. Lugi? Lugi talaga. Are we wasting money? No. We are not wasting an industry, we are helping an industry,” Duterte said

“Eh ‘di malugi. ‘Yan man ang… Kaya ako nagkokolekta ng buwis eh. Kaya ako happy ako pagka nakatsamba ka ng bilyon diyan na tax evader. But I can satisfy the demands of the people,” he added.

The President, however, noted that DAR and farmers should compromise for the price arrangement.

“But you cannot demand a price. You arrive at a compromise of how muchyou are willing to lose a little bit. Huwag naman ‘yang paano. Medyo tapatan lang basta hindi malugi na ano ‘yung pagod nila but they are compensated,” he said

Palay prices have declined to as low as P7-P8 a kilo, which adds suffering to our poor farmers.

Duterte, on the other hand, defended the tariffication saying it was meant to pave way to cheaper rice prices.

“It is a mode that is intended to serve the greater interest the majority of the people. So ang solusyon diyan, bilhin natin. Bakit tayo nagkokolekta ng taxes? Para malugi. Para makatulong ka sa… Okay?” the president said

Meanwhile, Dar said 25 provinces had committed to buy palay at P17 per kilo.

Source: Inquirer, Politiko

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