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Revisit land reform
program, Imee says
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

Ilocos Norte Governor and senatorial aspirant Imee Marcos said yesterday she is pushing to revisit the land reform program in a comprehensive way, citing the painful lesson from the massacre of nine farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, and related cases all over the country.

All these knee-jerk reactions have resulted to poor policy over the years, Marcos said, noting that the agriculture sector as long been neglected in the past decades.

While the land reform program has been expanded, Marcos, met yesterday with some Negros Occidental officials, said there has been no increase in productivity, competence and capability and additional skills on the part of the farmers.

There’s no silver bullet in solving all of these, Marcos, who considers herself as a student of land reform, said, as she stressed for thorough study on it.

She said her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, strongly opposed dividing the sugar lands, but not to feudal sector of rice tenancy, noting that maintaining small farm lots for sugar planting is entirely uneconomical due to lack of support.

She also emphasized the adoption of more aggressive government intervention in sugar trading policy, but not through the revival of NASUTRA (National Sugar Trading Corporation), which was mired with corruption and political intrigues, subsidy to farmers, who will be affected by natural calamities.

We need to learn the lesson of the sugar industry and apply to them to the rest other agricultural products, such as rice, tobacco and coconut, she said.*

 

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