TRADERS EXPLOIT POOR FARMERS

DA chief: P8-P12 palay buying rate
in Panay heartless, oppressive

By Maricyn A. De los Santos

AGRICULTURE Secretary Manny Piñol hit businessmen and rice traders in Panay and Guimaras islands for the “heartless and oppressive” buying price of palay or un-husked rice.
Piñol stressed that farmers in Panay deserve better, including fair and just buying price for their palay produce.
“The oppression of Ilonggo farmers must end now. I will not allow it to continue anymore because it is an outright injustice and oppression. In other provinces, farmers sell their fresh palay for P18 every kilo. In this Region, palay is being bought by businessmen for as low as P8 to P12 per kilo. And farmers here borrow money from private lenders with almost 500 percent interest,” said Piñol, who recently visited several towns and provinces in Western Visayas, the rice granary of the Visayas.

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