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Danilo Suarez: Importation of rice, galunggong not solution to shortage

Aug 30, 2018 @ 17:05

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez said he is “befuddled” by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s proposed importation of rice and galunggong to address the “very limited” supply of rice and fish in the southern parts of the country.

The Quezon politiko said he “can’t help but question the way the government, particularly the Agriculture Department, is handling this matter.”

Suarez said “there seems to be a disconnect in the planning and execution of programs that would address the food security concerns” of the Philippines.

“I believe that importation of rice and galunggong is not the sole solution in addressing food shortage, as this will only put further strain on our country’s agricultural sector,” he said.

“The importation of rice and galunggong will encourage further importation of other agricultural products,” Suarez added.

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