2014 is international year of family farming

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 is the international year of family farming.

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes stressed family farming must be recognized.

"Itong paghighlight ng family farming ay pagpapakita natin na sinusuportahan ang family farms," delos Reyes told media.


"Sa buong bansa at buong mundo, ang family farms ang siyang nagpapakain ng marami sa atin,” he added.

Dubbed as "Ang Family Farming ay Buhay", he emphasized the IYFF seeks to highlight the importance of family farming in food security and to stimulate active policies made to contribute in the development of family farmers, indigenous family farmers, cooperatives and even family fishers.

He disclosed DAR is focused on addressing issues concerning family farmers and in supporting the long term goals of farmers by providing services such as irrigation, support to farmers' organization, common service facilities, access to credit, agricultural technology extension and farm investment insurance.

"These are all supposed to contribute to strengthening family farms," he said adding these initiatives are intended to make family farmers self-sufficient and to create surplus in the market.

He noted the IYFF is significant to the agency because it is part of their mandate that aside from distributing lands, they are also tasked to provide agrarian justice to oppressed farmers and boost farmers' income through support services.

The secretary ended hopefully the IYFF will help pave the way for pro-farmer policies.

DAR is partnered with the Department of Agriculture in celebrating IYFF in the country.

As defined by DAR, family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities such as fisheries, agricultural and pastoral production.

It was said family farming is responsible for the 70% of food production worldwide which is why it is linked to national and global food security.

According to DAR, there are more than 570 million farms in the world. Around 500 million of them are managed by family farmers.

As of December 2013, there is a total of 181,142 hectares of farms in Cordillera Administrative Region composed of 24,514 hectares in Abra; 12,835 hectares in Apayao; 29,198 hectares in Benguet; 36,135 hectares in Ifugao; 42,339 hectares in Kalinga; and 36,121 hectares in Mt. Province.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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