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Ralph Recto: Farmers can ‘plant, plant, plant’ after ‘build, build, build’ of agri infra

Nov 26, 2018 @ 15:00

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto urged the government to include the agriculture sector in its “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

The Batangas politiko said he was disappointed with the meager budget for the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization in the proposed 2019 budget.

Under the proposed 2019 budget, the agency will only receive P310 million.

“Our farmers can only plant, plant, plant if we build, build, build more farm facilities like irrigation,” Recto said.

“Pati ‘yung farm-to-market roads natin between 12,000 to 23,000 kilometers ay gravel road pa rin, ngunit taun-taon mga 500 kilometers to 1,000 kilometers ang nasesemento dahil kulang sa pondo,” he added.

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