Pagod na, lugi pa! Pangilinan blames Cynthia Villar’s Rice Tariffication Law for making farmers bankrupt
Senator Francis Pangilinan on Thursday (September 5) said more farmers are earning less, if not going bankrupt, because of the Rice Tariffication Law championed by Senator Cynthia Villar.
Pangilinan said the Senate’s recent hearing on the law showed about 200,000 rice farmers have reportedly stopped cultivating their land for fear of losing money.
During the hearing, farmers groups revealed that the buying prices of palay are now as low as at P7-P8 per kilo in Tarlac, P8 per kilo in Nueva Ecija, and P8-P10 per kilo in Zamboanga Sibugay, among others.
“Nalulugi ang ating mga magsasaka nang halos P60 bilyon dulot ng epekto ng Rice Tariffication Law. Tatlong piso kada isang kilo ng palay ang kanilang nawalang kita kumpara sa 2018,” Pangilinan said.
Since it is harvest time, the senator urged the public to buy local rice to help farmers.
“Hanapin sa mga suki ang local rice dahil alam natin na punong-puno ang merkado ng imported rice,” he said.
Pangilinan also urged the government to help farmers have direct access to consumers to sell rice.