High-tech machinery will boost rice production in Nueva Ecija – Sen. Villar

High-tech machinery will boost rice production in Nueva Ecija – Sen. Villar

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food chairperson, Senator Cynthia Villar was the guest of honor at the 5th Uhay Festival in the Science City of Muñoz in the province of Nueva Ecija last weekend.

During the said event, the lady senator said that she believes the Philippines can become rice-sufficient.

To do this, Villar explained that the government should teach Filipino farmers how to use machinery and produce hybrid seedlings.

“I believe that once we teach our farmers to produce in-breed seeds that PhilRice is developing, our rice production will increase and we will become self-sufficient in terms of rice supply. And, when farmers are taught how to use new machinery that can mechanize their work, we can have more savings from post-harvest losses. It will help increase the income of farmers,” said the agriculture committee chair.

The senator also encouraged farm owners to build their own farm schools to increase their income.

Meanwhile, Villar said the Senate will immediately investigate any unreasonable increase in prices of products and services due to the implementation of the tax reform law.

“The prices should not immediately increase. Prices have already gone up even before TRAIN’s implementation. That means people in the industry are taking unfair advantage of the TRAIN law. They are using it as an excuse to increase prices,” said the senator. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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