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Farmers and activists protesting in Congress Wednesday night.

The landlord-dominated Congress, led by the relatives of President Arroyo, voted Wednesday night to add five more years to the implementation of a 20-year-old agrarian-reform program that has failed to uplift the lives of peasants and farmers in the Philippines. And critics say the new proposed law is even worse than the original.

A fact-finding mission led by various peasant groups and non-government organizations revealed that farmers in Nueva Ecija towns received substandard hybrid rice seeds under the government’s GMA Rice Program. Worse, the Department of Agriculture’s response to the problem was far from being satisfactory. BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat Unlike the traditional rice seeds, the SL-8H…

The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture chair Abraham Mitra, during the committee’s regional consultation here, said that the budget for the agriculture sector should be increased and that it should even be larger budget than the military’s. BY CYE REYES Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 15, May 18-24, 2008 LA TRINIDAD,…

For Melchor Deinla, a 64 year-old farmer, the dream of owning the land they have been tilling was already within their reach when it was placed under CARP. But that was more than 13 years ago. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 49, January 20-26, 2008 Malacanang may have decided in favor of the…

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is trying to gain public support for the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) by flaunting that the free-trade pact will secure some US$353 million (P15.6 billion) worth of existing agricultural and fishery exports to Japan. But the benefits, if indeed there will be any, will be cornered…

A government which is not serious in implementing a genuine agrarian reform program with a weak law such as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 is a recipe for more feudal exploitation and peasant unrest. A government which is not serious in agrarian reform with a strong law and program may be forced to…