Corn farmers ask Yap to resign
Corn farmers from around Northern Mindanao are gathering in Cagayan de Oro City Friday for a protest rally against the Department of Agriculture over the corn price crisis and to demand the resignation of Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap, organizers said. Lantapan town councilor Emmanuel B. Alsula, one of those organizing Bukidnon farmers for the rally, circulated a text message asking farmers to gather and join the rally.
“Tag along people, bring many ‘Yap resign’ placards, let’s join the rally,” Alsula, a corn farmer himself, said.
Alsula said Yap should resign since he was not able to do something to protect the farmers who found themselves neglected when corn prices in the market plunged.
“He was not able to do something, which is the sentiment of our farmers. They have no protection. Despite our being an agricultural country, the farmers were neglected,” he said.
Alsula said the government should no longer import feed wheat and allow no more zero tariffs.
“Congress should also pass a law that will protect our farmers,” he added.
The Philippine Maize Federation Inc., which two weeks ago initiated a dialogue with the Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority and Bukidnon’s corn farmers, has confirmed participation and support for the rally.
Roger Navarro, PhilMaize chair, said they can’t stop farmers from protesting.
(Read the rest of the report at Mindanews.com)