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Rice-price hike to hurt the poor, make more people hungry.

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A network of food-security advocates on Monday warned that the P1-P2 increase in the price of rice will hurt the poor and increase the number of hungry people in the country.

Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) lead convener Arze Glippo said the increase in the price of rice is in fact “inhuman” considering that Filipinos have not yet recovered from the impact of the 2009 rice crisis, the global recession and the successive calamities that hit the country.

Worse, she said, it is preposterous that the Department of Agriculture (DA), led by Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap, justifies the price increase as “reasonable and logical.”

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