[PRESS RELEASE] Forum on the Impact of Drought, Rice Tariffication and other Urgent Agrarian Issues
Amas, Kidapawan City, March 29, 2019 – The Integrated Rural Development Foundation and the North Cotabato Movement for Food Sovereignty organized a forum today, 08:30 am to 03:00 pm, at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Office Conference Hall in Capitol Compound, Amas, Kidapawan City.
The forum, titled Forum on the Impact of Drought, Rice Tariffication and other Urgent Agrarian Issues: “Kagutom Batukan, Panaghiusa Kinahangalan”, highlighted the impacts of the El Nino phenomenon on the agricultural sector in North Cotabato. Members of farmers and peasant sectors were invited to participate and share their struggles amid the drought.
Officials from different government offices also invited to speak on the forum. Speakers from the Provincial Disaster Risk Management Office (PDRRMO), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-Cotabato Irrigation Management Office shared the government’s responses to the concerns of the farmers affected by the drought.