Saving Our Rice Farmers
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has recently made a radical move to save our rice farmers by creating the Mindanao Organic Rice Council whose primary purpose, by the name itself, is to establish fair economic opportunities and programs for our organic rice farmers.
Convinced that the Rice Tariffication Law will only worsen the situation faced by our rice farmers especially those practicing conventional farming, the delegates of the Mindanao Rice Farmers’ Forum organized by MinDA have agreed that organic farming with social enterprise principles in it is the only way out.
You can read our statement on Rice Tariffication Law by clicking this link: http://www.agroecophilippines.org/our-rice-farmers-need-more-than-just-incentives-but-genuine-change-in-agriculture/
Agro-Eco Philippines appreciate MinDA Secretary Manny Pinol for letting us present our development approaches before the delegates, listen to the proposals of our farmer members, and for choosing our organization as Vice-Chair of the Mindanao Organic Rice Council which is compose of NGOs, farmer’s organizations and representatives from the private sector.
We will continue our critical collaboration with MinDA and our new found partners for the benefits of the small-scale farmers.