Solons are pushing for reforms to make the salt trade aggressive

Senate Majority Chief Joel Villanueva deplored the decline within the native salt trade, even though the Philippines is understood to have “the longest coastlines on this planet conducive to salt manufacturing.”

On the hybrid listening to of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Meals and Land Reform on Wednesday, lawmakers addressed the difficulty, complaining that the Philippines’ salt trade is “dwarfed by the salt manufacturing of neighboring international locations with a lot smaller coastlines.”

“Sadly, we have not totally exploited the sources we’ve and the salt trade is in fixed decline.”

The senator admitted that “it baffles me that the Philippines, an agricultural nation with coastlines stretching 1000’s of miles, would import 93 p.c of our complete salt wants,” including that “that may be very disheartening.”

Nonetheless, the Senate Majority Chief stated he was banking on his fellow senators because the committee chair expressed hope the committee would move his invoice, Senate Invoice No. 1450, often known as the Salt Business Improvement, sooner.

Throughout the public listening to, Senator Nancy Binay stated she helps implementing needed reforms equivalent to decreasing restrictions on the manufacturing of different types of desk and industrial salt, and never simply iodized salt as required by Republic Act 8172, to extend total manufacturing in of the US to spice up salt trade.

Binay additionally steered that salt corporations and cooperatives needs to be linked to the Philippine Coconut Authority to encourage coconut farmers to purchase regionally produced salt for his or her fertilizer wants.

Needed: agricultural data system

On the identical time, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian pushed for an Agricultural Data System (AIS) to “stop the manipulation of meals costs within the market.”

Gatchalian stated the AIS will stop meals value manipulation, as within the case of onions, which have just lately hit document ranges.

The senator steered that “an agricultural data system might stop synthetic shortages that hoarders may exploit for revenue.”

His Senate Invoice No. 1374, or the Farm Data Methods Act he filed final yr, goals to ascertain an AIS to function an internet laptop database the place details about demand for particular agricultural and fisheries merchandise is collected and uploaded concurrently with the are manufacturing knowledge from farmers in every barangay.

“Lumalabas na hindi natutukan nang maigi ng Ministry of Agriculture ang suplay at requirement ng sibuyas and umaasa lang sila sa knowledge na nilalabas ng Philippine Statistics Authority. Dapat can common n / A stock stability at value monitoring na isinasagawa ang FROM sa all produktong pang-agrikultura na makakatulong sa polisiya and tamang tyempo kung kailan mag-aangkat ng mga ito”, Gatchalian stated in gentle of the end result of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s latest listening to.

“Kung alam nila kung nasaan ang provide, doon na sila kukuha para sa Kadiwa facilities for extra agricultural merchandise and for malaman nila kung saan magbibigay ng supporta for mapalakas ang produksyon.”

Gatchalian stated as soon as Senate Invoice 1374 goes into impact, “the system is anticipated to not solely enhance farmer productiveness, but additionally make sure the adequacy of meals provides in retail facilities.”

In keeping with the senator, the creation of AIS would additionally stop the unjustified importation of agricultural merchandise, which might unduly have an effect on the competitiveness of native farmers.

He stated the AIS will merge and synchronize farm knowledge from a number of sources right into a cohesive database designed to facilitate connections from farm to supposed shoppers, together with international markets.

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