Davao biz leader urges govt to ready farmers’ aids

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A business leader in Davao has urged government to help affected agricultural farmers badly affected by El Nino or drought by assisting them on their basic needs in the meantime that they cannot farm.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Bonifacio Tan said that El Nino had been affecting the region. “I think everybody is affected by the ongoing dry spell especially the agriculture sector,” he said

According to Tan, the business on fertilizers and other inputs slowed down because farmers have become unproductive with farms dried up. Even his rubber business had been affected as their production decreased because there awere no available raw materials this time.

Tan, who is president of Farma Rubber, which processes crumb rubber, said production dropped by 30 to 40 percent. Crumb rubber is exported to India and also sold to the Yokohama factory in Clark.

“But there are few raw materials available now,” he said. The buying of raw rubber is between Php 16 to Php 20 per kilo, he said.

Farma, according to Tan, has not been in full operation based on its capacity of 800 tons production due to lack of raw supply.

Tan said the government could recover agricultural production when dry spell is over whereby the Department of Agriculture (DA) could provide farm inputs for their farm production. DA could also help farmers access affordable loan scheme. PNA/northboundasia.com