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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 45

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 43

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
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Jan 17, 2017 88

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 77

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. Read More..

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Mariano to revoke approval on undeveloped converted agricultural lands

foodevolutionphAgrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano will revoke the approval on the conversion of agricultural lands if they are not developed into the commercial, industrial, or residential area they were meant to be.

In a statement, Mariano said that the law allows the Department of Agrarian Reform to go after individuals and companies if the farm land they converted within five years.

Mariano has asked the National Irrigation Administration for a list of irrigated lands that have been converted into non-agricultural lands.

“NIA’s data said some 50,000 hectares were converted. The average rice yield per hectare is three to four metric tons. That would mean we are losing more than 150 metric tons of rice every harvest season which could have been additional production to ensure our food security,” Mariano said.

The DAR has been reviewing the farm lands converted into non-agricultural lands int eh past five years making an inventory.

“By September, I will know the extent of those converted lands in terms of number of conversion orders, areas covered and number of farmers involved. We will then study everything before we make legal actions,” Mariano added.

Source: http://foodevolution.com.ph/2016/08/mariano-to-revoke-approval-on-undeveloped-converted-agricultural-lands/