Juan Miguel Zubiri is asking the government to release or publish the master development plan of the sugar industry to small farmers, claiming that it was only shared with presidents of sugar associations.
Zubiri, who said he was echoing the sentiments of more than 9,000 small farmers in Bukidnon, also said he noted that there seems to be a problem in “messaging” on the reported master plan for the sugar industry.
He expressed dismay that the government has not yet initiated steps on softening its impact on the local sugar industry, with the implementation of zero tariff on imported sugar by 2015.
DOST granting P9 million
in technology assistance
The Department of Science and Technology in Negros Occidental will turn over today P9,980,388 to six entrepreneurs at the DOST office at Cottage Road, Bacolod City under the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program.
Glady Reyes, science research specialist, said yesterday that SETUP is a support assistance fund of DOST that provides technical assistance to small entrepreneurs to upgrade their equipment and tools for their production.
The beneficiaries are Fresh Start Organic Personal Care Products Boutique (Bacolod), GH Foods Inc. (Murcia), Herbanext Inc.(Bago), Kahayag Natures Farms (Bacoldo), Marchris Industrial and Engineering Supply (Bacolod), and PB&C Logistics Marine Products (Bacolod), Reyes also said.
TFM to renew clamor on
land reform cause
The Task Force Mapalad-Negros will hold a rally today at the Bacolod City Public Plaza to demand that President Benigno Aquino III fulfill his promise on the completion and implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, Lani Factor, TFM deputy coordinator, said yesterday.
Factor said they had a dialog with Aquino on June 14 in Malacañang and he promised to act on it.
She said that farmers do not want anything this Christmas and the promised land distribution will be the best gift Aquino can give them.