Much is to be desired in terms of modernizing Philippine agriculture. This does not just refer to the utilization of productivity-enhancing equipment, but also knowledge in land management, irrigation, use of organic fertilizers and pesticides, and climate reading.
The Department of Agrarian Reform vision should be able to stem losses in agricultural productivity resulting from decades of neglect, bring back life in our farms, provide a decent means of living for our farmers and fisher folks, and improve its contribution to the overall economic productivity.
Digitalization and digital knowledge should play a bigger role if utilized effectively. There’s so much that needs to be done and learned to maximize the use of our land and water resources.
The pandemic, plus worsening climate conditions, have taught us how fragile our economy is, and how unprepared our domestic food production capability is to handle disruptions in food supply.