Situation of agriculture ?alarming,? says solon
TAGBILARAN CITY ? The situation of agriculture of the country is ?alarming,? Congressman Rene Relampagos (1st dist Bohol) said during the opening of AgriFood Fair held at Plaza Rizal here where he is the guest speaker. Citing studies, Cong. Relampagos said that the age average of farm worker is 56, he
said. But he did not give any figures as to how many farm workers or farmers in the country remain in the fields.
This is aside from reports that enrollees of agriculture or agriculture-related courses are getting fewer.
Some students venture to other studies like to become a seaman or nurse since agriculture is not ?economically interesting.?
He said this situation must be addressed by the government to come up with program to let people to go into farming. ?Without farmers, we will suffer,? he stressed. This prompted him to file a bill dubbed farm tourism, he said. This bill, if approved, would hopefully, not only sustain tourism but also provide jobs. And most of all for food security, he added. Under his pet bill, the government is to provide support and incentive to farmers.
Relampagos, in his message during the fair, expressed his salute to farmers who burdened through their sweat to have the people have something to eat.
City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II gave the welcome remarks during the opening of AgriFood Fair during program, after which, acting Governor Vice-gov. Concepcion Lim ang Relampagos led the ceremonial ribbong cutting. ViceGov. Lim assumed as governor vice Gov. Edgar Chatto who is in Japan. Other
officials who attended the affair include provincial board member Cesar Tomas Lopez, provincial administrator Alfonso Damalerio II; Liga mga mga Barangay
federated president Madelone Rengel, executive asst. Isabelito Tongco, provincial Social Economic Environment Management (SEEM) head Liza Quirog; officer-in-charge, office of provincial agriculturist Larry Pamugas; Nelson Pon, representative of Cong. Aris Aumentado; Rene Espinosa, representative of Cong. Arthur Yap; provincial veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapez; and other officials.
Rep. Rene Relampagos
governor Concepcion Lim (3rd from left) cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the 2014 AgriFood Fair at Plaza Rizal last week along with Cong. Rene
Relampagos (3rd from right) provincial Social Economic Environment
Management (SEEM) head Liza Quirog (from left), Rene Espinosa, provincial board
member Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and other officials.