Farmer leaders are encouraged to submit a resolution on the issues that they face regarding the effects of Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Tarrification Law for the senate hearing on September 3.
Romeo Royandoyan, executive director of Centro Saka, Inc. and a member of Alyansa Agrikultura, said he invited available farmer leaders from South Luzon to join the hearing along with resolutions to lobby the concern of farmers experiencing the effects of the law.
“Common proposal na bibitbitin sa senado. Weakness lagi ng farmers mag-ingay pero hindi consolidated. Nakita ko sa Europe nong nagwala yong farmers doon, I tell you, the entire country ay nakikinig. Naaawa ako sa farmers,” he said.
Farmer leaders from regional agricultural fishery councils will form a resolution containing the needed support for the affected farmers of the RA 11203 and to slow down the massive importation of rice supply.
He said that farmers must unite for their voices to be heard in lobbying their concerns.
“May magagawa tayo, alam ng mga policy makers na ang coconut and rice farmers are fragmented, meron syang strength numerically pero wala siyang strong lobby. For example sa Europe na very strong ang agricultural lobby,” he said.
He also said that through resolutions, farmer leaders may include to request for a dialogue between senators to lay down the concerns of Filipino farmers on the effects of RA 11203 such as the fall of farm gate price of unhusked rice all over the country.