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PIA Press Release
2008/02/11

Sec. Yap sees no harm on food production in bio-fuels program

By Franklin P. Gumapon

Dipolog City (11 February) -- While other sectors are so noisy against the government's bio-fuels program citing its adverse effects on food production, Sec. Arthur Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has considered it "a golden opportunity for our farmers."

This was Sec. Yap's response when asked about the effect of bio-fuels program on food production during his visit to Sergio Osmeņa town in Zamboanga del Norte recently.

Yap said the farmers would benefit more if a product has more uses. "Just like corn, if it is solely used for feeds, it is not that profitable. But if it is processed for oil, grains, feeds or fuel, that would give better income for the farmers and that means 15 million Filipinos you are actually helping out," the agriculture chief explained.

As of now, Yap said, there is shortage in corn production and this can be addressed by pushing for more production.

"Once the farmers are able to produce more, there will also be a corresponding increase in their income," declared Yap.

"As far as I am concerned, I welcome this bio-fuels program. It will help the farmers produce more for food, feeds and fuel," Yap concluded.

It can be recalled that the government is now pushing for the development of bio-fuels as an alternative source of energy. This program is believed to cushion the escalating prices of petroleum products in the world market. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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