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President sees agriculture as major Philippine industry

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Staff Writer | October 10, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte expects agriculture to be a major industry in the Philippines again in 30 years’ time.
Rodrigo Duterte
Asia   Efforts to iron out law and order
That would happedn if the nation supports government efforts to iron out law and order, including putting an end to extortion activities by bandit groups victimizing local farmers, The Manila Times reports.

At the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Banana Congress held in Davao City last week, Duterte cited the role of Mindanao plantations in the development of agriculture in the country.

He said, however, law and order remain as the greatest challenge to the country’s banana industry in Mindanao, acknowledging that owners of plantations in the area continue to be harassed by lawless groups.

“Until and unless you can put together a country that’s bereft of any revolutionary tax, extortion and everything, sinusunog ang property [properties are being burned]– it’s all because of taxation. If it’s not taxation [by]the communists, it’s extortion of the roving bandits in Mindanao,” the President said.