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Leading agriculturist dares colleagues to strike a balance between agribusiness and environment protection
11:03:25 AM | Monday, August 14th, 2017

Author: Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

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NAGA CITY, July 25 (PIA) –The leader of an agriculturists’ organization called on his colleagues to deal with the challenge of striking a balance between cashing in on groundbreaking agribusiness and protection of environment.

Arthur R. Baria, head of Philippine Association of Agriculturists, said that “during this volatile and uncertain time, it is a must that the agriculture community meets the challenge of balancing the enormous natural possessions at hand with the development of various agribusinesses without losing sight of protecting our environment.”

Baria, here for the PAA’s 5th national congress and for the 2017 Philippine Agriculturists’ Summit, also stressed the role of agriculturists in the ASEAN regional integration.

“(Given that) Philippines is a very large archipelago, (the) challenge is how to grasp its vast resources, he said.

He continued: “In as far as our share to global development, I believe that PAA and the agriculture profession can be part of the roadmap 2525 vision of the Philippines and the ASEAN and the global community that engages and benefits the people that is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic and reflects what is truly ASEAN and global.”

Senator Cynthia Aguilar-Villar, who was the keynote speaker, enjoined the participants to pursue agricultural sustainability “since this is one of the keys to attain and ensure food security of the country.”

She also raised alarm over the risk of food shortage in the country as millions of farmers and fishermen were getting too old for what was back-breaking work and their children were not keen on taking over.

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