TO protect the interests of local farmers and assure them of their income, Presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno vowed to clamp down on those involved in the smuggling of agricultural products once he wins in the May elections.
Moreno said that the government under his reign will also come up with definite and clear guidelines about the strict importation of agricultural products to safeguard the welfare of Filipino farmers.
With these in place, Moreno said that local producers can sell their products first before importation is made.
Smuggling of agriculture products, he noted, adversely affects the livelihood of local producers, such as the hog and chicken raisers, as well as the rice and vegetable farmers all over the country.
Moreno also promised that the national government will be buying the surplus produce of farmers at the right price.