The country’s observance is being spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). DAR Secretary Virgilio de Los Reyes, shared this during his recent official visit here.
De los Reyes pointed-out that the celebration of International Year of Family Farming should focus on the government’s efforts and programs on how to help farms run by families.
In the Philippines, de Los Reyes shared that family farms are very important as most of our food production are coming from family farms because under our law no one ought to own more than five hectares of agricultural lands.
Only Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) farmers’ cooperatives that are Land Acquisition and Distribution beneficiaries operate bigger farms.
De Los Reyes bared that through the budget of DA and DAR, they have been helping family farms through irrigation projects, agricultural extension programs, common service facilities and research and development.
Aside from government support, he also pointed out the need for a stronger public and private partnership in getting the interest of younger people to go into farming.
“Our farmers are getting old, farms are getting smaller and those near the urban areas there are less people in the farm due to other opportunities in the services or industry sector. We have to make farming a profitable activity for our young people,” de Los Reyes said.
The Philippines is set to host the closing program of the celebration in November. Other scheduled activities are photo exhibits,seminars and drafting of related policy papers. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)