No to meat, vegetables and onions importation- Alcala

December 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STA.MARIA – Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala assured the farmers of Pangasinan that under his watch of the Department of Agriculture (DA), there will be no importation of meat (pork and chicken), vegetables and onions which he claimed are contributory to the dying hog and poultry raising industry and vegetable production, not only in the province but in the whole country.

This he said before a crowd of farmers, irrigators association ,fishermen municipal and provincial government officials during the “Talakayan sa Agrikultura ng Mga Magsasaka” held at the Capability Development Building, Pangasinan State University in this town last November 29.

“Let’s focus on what the government can do. Hindi na natin papayagan ang importasyon ng meat at onions. Your province is noted for the hog and poultry industry and by letting importation, it will greatly affect the raisers,” he said.

Alcala further said that he will look into the reported smuggling of onions in the country after Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. asked him about the proliferation of smuggled onions in the market.

Espino in his opening message relayed to Secretary Alcala three major problems in the province among which are irrigation facilities, meat and onion importation.

Alcala in responding to the call for irrigation facilities said that his office will provide funds for irrigation facilities including the repair and rehabilitation of the existing ones.

During the open forum, Secretary Alcala gamely answered the issues raised by the farmers among which were the return of the seeds and fertilizers subsidy, the price sudsidy for palay under the National Food Authority (NFA) and other cncerns on agriculture.

On the seed and fertilizer subsidy, Alcala said that his office is bent of not sustaining it saying “ subsidies have long been used by the farmers but its effect has not been felt by them”.

He sad that instead of sudsidizing the seeds and fertilizers, funds will be used to improve “seed banks”.

“Mas maganda ang presyo ang ibibigay sa mga certified seeds,” he said.

For the NFA support fund for palay price subsidy, he said that P6 billion has been released for the public-private support fund.

His visit was capped with the distribution of fertilizers, water pumps, tractor, swine and palay seeds to selected farmer-beneficiaries and cooperatives in the province.

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