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Zubiri to quiz DA on skyrocketing fertilizer prices

Philippine News AgencyOctober 21, 2021

SENATE INQUIRY. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday (Oct. 21, 2021) pledged to quiz DA officials over the skyrocketing prices of fertilizers and agricultural seeds “that have been detrimental to the farmers.” He visited Tuguegarao City and turned over rice and isolation tents as donations to the pandemic and typhoon-affected villagers. (PNA photo by Villamor Visaya)

TUGUEGARAO CITY – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday has vowed to inquire about the skyrocketing prices of fertilizers and agricultural seeds “that have been detrimental to the farmers.”

The Bukidnon-born senator said he would quiz Agriculture Secretary William Dar on the matter aside from other agricultural issues as the budget hearings on DA and other agencies are slated on Friday.

“I raised an alarm on this. The DA (Department of Agriculture) should find a way to solve this problem. Just think of these skyrocketing prices. Say for instance, the urea fertilizer is PHP900 a sack last month but it pegs at PHP1,800 or almost PHP2,000 this month,” Zubiri said in an interview after his ceremonial distribution of rice assistance and isolation tents to villagers affected by the pandemic and typhoons at the city hall here.

“In other countries, we see low prices of agricultural inputs,” he added.

Zubiri cited the Agri-Agra Law which exempted value-added tax for fertilizer products for both imported and domestically produced except for materials used in producing fertilizers which are still charged.

He noted the low farm-gate prices of agricultural products, which is “detrimental to the farmers due to the high prices of inputs.”

As to the importation of frozen vegetables and fruits such as the imported carrots that affected farmers in Benguet, Zubiri said he would ask the agriculture department to push for an “importation-free” action.

“If the production is not met, we can import but if we have stable or oversupply of vegetables, fruits and other crops, we should not import,” he said. (PNA)

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