RP's Food Supply Threatened by Rapid Decline of Farms; 790,000 Hectares of Farms Lost in 11 Years
DUMAGUETE CITY Negros Oriental Rep. Herminio Teves has warned that the rapid decline of farms nationwide threatens to undermine the countrys long-term food security.
According to Teves, the government must put in check the indiscriminate conversion of farmlands for non-agricultural use, and redouble efforts to help farmers boost their productivity.
Teves, chair of the House special committee on globalization, said results of the latest Census of Agriculture show that some 9,900 farms are being wiped out yearly from the countrys inventory of arable lands.
The solon revealed that the total number of farms nationwide dropped by 100,000 from 4.6 million in 1991 to 4.5 million in 2002, resulting in the decline of aggregate farmlands from 9.975 million hectares to 9.185 million hectares over the same period.
"We lost an estimated 790,000 hectares of farmlands in the 11 years from 1991 to 2002," he said.
Teves noted that not only are farms getting fewer, they are also getting smaller.
Teves said the census results showed that the average farm size decreased from 2. …