Press Release
March 2, 2013


We support the position taken by Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima on his opposition to the removal of Qualitative Restrictions on rice at this time. We must protect our farmers instead of leaving them to twist in the wind should cheap imported rice flood the market.

The move to abolish the National Food Authority should not be rushed. In fact, what we ought to be doing is providing more support instead of less for our farmers. We should ensure that the needed safety nets and support systems are in place before we remove the assistance and service provided by the NFA for our farmers.

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