Some 5,000 filipino rice farmers gathered at the Quezon Memorial Circle, near Manila, on Wednesday (31 March) to ask the government for greater subsidies.
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SV/GV/SV PAN Speaker addressing rally of farmers (6 shots)
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SPEAKER AT RALLY: "My Filipino farmer friends, if you remember, years ago (indistinct)...a cry of the nation is that there is no rice in the country. But after a few years, within the able leadership of the president, we were able to produce for the requirements of our expanding population, and we are able to achieve what they call self-sufficiency in rice. Maybe you know that (indistinct) ... years ago, how many administrations were destroyed or let down because there was no rice. But today we are able to get rice. But my friends there is something on the other side of this. We attain self-sufficiency but I believe, and it is proven by facts, that farmers are not getting the right support of the government ..."
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Background: Some 5,000 filipino rice farmers gathered at the Quezon Memorial Circle, near Manila, on Wednesday (31 March) to ask the government for greater subsidies. Speaking from an improvised platform, one of the demonstrators stressed the inadequacies of the system, which he said, impoverishes rice producers and is endangering recent efforts to achieve agricultural self-sufficiency. Budget limitations and the government's desire to supply cheap rice to urban consumers have meant low subsidies for producers, according to a report issued recently by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Although the major justification for the existing policy programme was the protection of the income of small farmers, ESCAP said, the policy was biased in favour of consumers rather than producers.