Filipino growers criticize government directive to focus on high-value export crops

Agricultural workers have criticized a recent pronouncement by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, directing growers to switch to producing high-value crops (HVCs) like pineapples and Cavendish bananas.

Chairperson Antonio Flores from Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA Pilipinas),  the national progressive center of unions, federations, associations and organizations of agricultural workers in the Philippines, responded to the issue saying that: “The Department of Agriculture is desperate to starve farmers and agricultural workers. If they continue to push farmers to plant high-value crops (HVCs) that the country can export overseas, the Filipinos will only harvest hunger.”

In their 2021 year-ender report, the DA highlighted the performance of Philippine banana exports and pineapple products, which garnered an estimated $920 million and $300 million respectively from January to October 2021.


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