Philippine senator wants higher budget for livestock, poultry sectors


Senator Cynthia Villar is pushing for fair distribution of the proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture where she noted that only 3% was allocated for the livestock and poultry sectors which contribute 33% to the agriculture component of the country’s GDP.

Ms Villar has urged Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to come up with a better budget for the livestock sector, particularly for the poultry trade which is currently reeling from the effects of bird flu. The proposed agriculture budget for 2018 is USD 1.17 billion. She said the additional budget would help farmers affected by the bird flu as well as the dairy cattle farmers to improve the industry.


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