Militants seek Capitol intervention over hunger woes

MILITANT farmer leaders troop to Capitol Thursday afternoon to seek the intervention of the provincial legislators in their plight as hunger hit their sector for several months now due to the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities.

The farmer leaders belong to the militant Kapunungan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmayng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (Kaugmaon), an affiliate of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.

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Fermin Lorico of the District Farmers Alliance, also an affiliate of Kaugmaon, told the board members that one of the major reasons why they had suffered is due to the fact that for the past years, many agricultural lands in the province were converted to other uses.

In effect, he added, the conversion of agricultural lands to plantation of jathropa, cassava and others, has reduced the lands intended for farming.

He said they are not supposed to be feeling this brunt of hunger since they are the ones producing foods.

But wrong prioritization and policies of the government has contributed to the worsening hunger woes faced by the farmers, said Lorico.

The farmers said that aside from hunger woes, they are also facing the massive militarization in the countryside and in areas where they are densely populated.

He lamented that harassment continues in farmer areas where military men are operating, adding that they are falsely linked to the underground New People’s Army (NPA). (SunStarDumaguete)

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