Filipino people won’t starve,they’ll have to pay more! To be short of money is one thing, but running short of rice is a big deal. Anyway; majority of people have been living under the shadow of poverty for so long. It’s a throwback to Philippine history, going back 15th century when Magellan discovered the Island.They will only beginning to feel the impact of surging food costs.But,who cares? That’s the Philosophy of Tasio one of our bloggers in Cocoy’s Delight. Why should He?
Why no one believe Gloria and worry! Her government reassure that her Banana Republic of 84 million people that rice stocks were sufficient.Contrary to what I’ve read on tabloid editorial in Abante Tonite, that madlang people are lining-up like elementary school children for the flag raising ceremony on a few kilos of NFA rice.Is the president still drank with her plan of Jatropa plantation?I’m afraid there won’t be any rice for her people to eat.
Her fatal solution has been undertaken,importing rice,although this satisfies the immediate demand,it’s implication is damaging.It’s a chicken and egg situation.Domestic farmers productiob is so low that it escalate the price.Since there is shortage the brilliant ideas of Agriculture secretary is to import.The local producers continue to be deprived of help from the government,the crop yield will not only remain short but will further increase the price because none dare to provide them damned irrigation and cheap fertilizer.
The looming crisis is not simple .The lack of land cultivation is the main reason,land not being available to farmers,viable lands have been converted to golf courses,real states and commercial use.These situation will reach a point where imported rice will be more affordable than the locally-produced ones. To the local consumer, any news of cheaper goods is welcome. However, this situation will not last. Worse, being heavily dependent on imports, the local market will be at the bidding of economic forces beyond the government’s control. While it seems that there is nothing wrong with the dumping of economic products from other countries experiencing a glut due primarily to the lowering of the cost of the product in question, the local farmer will definitely suffer.
When the farmers have less harvest ,Who will the country turn to when Vietnam, the country which the government has signed up to supply the demand for our staple food, experience a shortfall themselves? It’s a situation not far from reality. In fact, this is what all the hullabaloo about the shortage crisis is about. Unless a long-term solution, one that is locally sustainable is adopted, the impending rice shortage crisis becomes high. The government can do better than proclaiming they’ve made a stronger economy of the Philippines by arresting this crisis and help the farmers.But unless of course! the Enchanted Kingdom of Arroyo lies in a LA LA Land.