DA chief: LGUs should put more money on local agri

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 Jul) – Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap has called
on local government units to spend more on the agricultural
development of their areas, saying the agriculture department is
willing to back efforts by LGUs that invest in the sector.

Yap spoke at the Fifth National Grains Postproduction Conference here
today asking the private sector to help him talk to the LGUs to focus
more on agriculture.

He cited reports that local governments do not give support to the
Department of Agriculture’s thrusts despite the devolution of the
sector to local governance.Yap said it is the local government who knows more the needs of their
constituents on agriculture.

He said with the devolution, local governments now have greater stake
in the development of their locality “than some national government
bureaucrats sitting in Manila.”

He said there are situations when municipal and provincial agriculture
personnel and officials are not supported.

“Sometimes their training is neglected, their pay is not given, and some of them are removed for political reasons,” he lamented.

Read the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

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