It drives me to create a cloud of doubt when I heard Sec. Arthur Yap condemning the fearless forecasts of peasant workers regarding the issue of rice shortage.
In this view, farmers, the land tillers themselves, shall become the first hand source of information. They are the tanks who strive hard to deliver a kilo of rice in every household. Whenever I take a look at the stand given by agriculture secretary, it makes me believe that his department suggests the other side of what is actually happening. The mere contradiction of the statements held by the thinks versus the tanks will only show the people that there’s no transparency at all and that this circumstance is prevented and protected by SOME CROCODILES to be publicly scrutinized, or to be kept secret.
Just to borrow the lines of a folk who I got to ask about his stand on the pressing rice concerns, he reiterated that Yap’s intelligence must not be corrupted, and in other words, not be tarnished by the power given to him or otherwise he is a candidate to be in the roster of other promising young crocodiles.
Farmers say that rice shortage is due to six major reasons:
- The change of crop/livestock (let’s take for example, tobacco planters who gain more income than rice planters which is actually the case, creating a mutual feeling for unions to promote a different choice of crop)
- Inadequate irrigation (since birth, this has always become an issue. Did you know that a kilo of rice grains needs to be supported by a liter of water in order to attain its harvesting state?)
- Lack of fertilizers and agricultural machines
- Change of agricultural areas to industrial ones
- Inability to fight rice pests, etc.
- Global Warming, of course underscores the change of climate, etc. (at least this issue is for a global worry)
Double Jeopardy. Yap, now taking this as an issue of tall order, shall inform the people what is the real condition of rice production in the
Let us not dwell to that idea that his highlighted measures will drastically or completely change the current outfit of our agriculture sector, and that we will not experience rice shortage for the next years to come -- the Filipino people are tired of hearing another batch of conceived false optimism.
Carrying Capacity and Marginal Gains. The agriculture authorities informed that there has been an increase in rice production in the
In reaction, fast food chains observe a venture of domino effect –- that is to cater ½ serving of rice in each plate. It has entailed panic buying, a normal response from average market consumers. On the other hand, some people simply behave like ants –- that is, buying and storing rice stocks in grand amounts, afterwards, selling these to the public in the event of price peaks, where there’s an absolute scarcity of resources.
As I see it, this has become a consequence of the Philippine’s city dream (or others ambition) to be developed in a speedy phase. The trade-off has created a big range of difference. Sacrificing the ideal balance between agriculture and industry (this includes technology), the government is so much winning its time to a fast-phased development.
The former rice-rich
This is really an alarming crate as we are now dealing with the basic need of the people in order to survive. A real sustainable development* can be achieved by our country, something that can be described as having a balance between agriculture and industry.
Developing takes time and being patient goes with the same strand of learning what should be regarded or what steps should be considered relative to our own socio-political setting. Let’s not imitate
I still dream of that development, but definitely, not like this.
In the first place, does development in the