Farmers must be re-tooled as 'agri-preneurs,' says ex-cabinet official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2017 09:35 AM

MANILA - For economic growth to be inclusive, the government and the private sector should help farmers become entrepreneurs, former agriculture secretary William Dar said Tuesday.

As "agri-preneurs," farmers are also involved in the processing of their crops, Dar told ANC.

The government also needs to increase spending on agriculture modernization. The roughly P80 billion it allocates for the sector is equivalent to what its Southeast Asian neighbors spent 20 years ago, Dar said.