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More resources committed to Agriculture by PGMA - Olivar

Manila (4 May) -- Malacanang deputy spokesman Gary Olivar yesterday said the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has committed more resources to agriculture, such that under her term, the gross value added in agriculture (GVAA) grew by an annual average of 3.2 percent higher than that for two past administrations.

GVAA is said to be a measure of the overall contributions to the agriculture industry by producers (individual or institutional) and by other sectors including government.

Olivar said the GVAA under President Fidel V Ramos grew annually by only 2.52 percent while under Estrada, 1.49 percent.

Olivar released the comparative government statistics in reaction to claims by former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that the agriculture sector is the biggest failure of the Arroyo administration.

Summarizing the areas, where on the contrary growth was felt, Olivar said that for one, farmlands irrigated during the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo more than doubled to 1.6 million hectares than under the two previous administrations.

He said farm to market roads, which is responsible for the delivery of rice yields nearly reached 11,000 kilometers compared to 2,650 under Ramos and 3,214 under Estrada.

He added that under the Arroyo administration farmer and fishermen loans by the end of 2009 totaled P465 million, more than double the previous two presidents over the same time period.

According to Olivar, the commitment of resources to the agricultural sector has resulted in an average of 14.8 MM metric tons of Palay production annually under the Arroyo administration compared to 10.4 mm tons under the Ramos administration and 10.9 mm tons under the Estrada Administration.

Palay yields under the Arroyo administration, Olivar said, averaged 3.54 MT per hectare compared to 2.97 MT under Ramos and 2.92 MT under the Estrada.

Olivar said that price of rice in real terms excluding inflation was 16.28 pesos (using constant 1992 prices) compared to 19.04 pesos under the Ramos administration and 18.12 pesos under the Estrada administration. (PIA) [top]

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