We welcome the good news that the country’s agriculture sector posted substantial growth in the first semester of 2011.
The strength of the agri sector comes from a renewed faith of the private sector and the agriculture sector in the Agriculture Department brought about by its sincerity and its serious desire to deliver results. The private sector is now willing to engage and actively participate in contributing to the agriculture economy because it believes in the leadership of DA Secretary Procy Alcala and President Noy Aquino.
Our work in the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food is primarily focused on improving the quality of life of our farmers. The solid fist-half growth in the agriculture sector should attract more investors from the private sector and venture into agricultural businesses. This shows we are on the right path to progress. We just need sustained push and support for the agriculture sector. There is no reason why we cannot be at par with, or indeed surpass, major agricultural nations in Southeast Asia.