Environment

Help Wanted: What You

Can Do to Directly

Support Local Farmers

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, September 30, 2019 1:50pm

Art by Ahl Mirambel

Environment

Help Wanted: What You Can Do to Directly Support Local Farmers

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, September 30, 2019 1:50pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
 

We’ve read reports about the Rice Tariffication Law. This law aims to loosen the restrictions on the rice industry by removing the quota on rice imports. This will result in lower domestic rice prices. While this may benefit consumers, it has negatively affected our local farmers. News says palay prices are just 7php per kilo, but the average reported farmgate price was 17.62php in August.

We may not be lawmakers but we still have the power to help Filipino farmers. So, to those who would want to support them, here are things we could do to directly benefit them. 

Buy Local Rice

Buying local rice is one of the most basic things we could do for our farmers. According to a website, buying local produce promotes community health, local wealth, and agriculture in a country. You can find your local rice in wet and dry markets or palengke.

Shop at Specialty and Online Stores

Sometimes we can’t afford to go to the market to buy rice and other ingredients. Good news to the busy people: we have online stores and applications where you can buy local fresh ingredients and have them delivered at your doorstep! Check out Atreena and Session Groceries to help you with your online palengke shopping. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Stop Haggling

We love good discounts and bargains, but maybe we could set them aside for our farmers who sell their good crops at a reasonable price. Let’s not do the tawad practice and help them make a decent living for their families and themselves.

Invest Money in Farmer-Focused Organizations

There’s a way to help farmers and grow your money at the same time. Cropital supports farmers to help them have a better life through the funds from the investors. It starts with choosing what farm to invest in. When the farmers acquired the needed resources to start farming, they become empowered and start producing. Once they’ve gotten their produce, you will have your money back with profits.

 
 
 
 
 
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Volunteer in an Organization

For those who would want to take the extra mile to help our farmers, you could join an organization focused on their welfare. You can donate or join movements aiming to raise funds or raise awareness. There’ a global organization called WWOFF or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which has a sector in the Philippines. You can lend a hand to local and organic farmers. Click their website to learn more.

Choose Farm-to-Table Restaurants and Cafes

Farm-to-table restaurants only use ingredients that are locally grown and organic. There are a number of farm-to-table eats within Metro Manila including The Wholesome Table in Greenbelt 2, Makati; Naimas: Taste of Home in Madison St., Makati; and Green Pastures in EDSA Shangri-La, Mandaluyong to name a few. The next time you want to eat out with families or friends, you might want to consider these restaurants. It's a little pricey than your usual restaurant, but rest assured, your money will be able to support local farmers in general.

 
 
 
 
 
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Use Social Media

We spend hours every day just swiping through our smartphone screens. Why don’t we use a couple of minutes of our time to promote awareness about the struggles of our farmers? That way, we can educate more people about how they can help our farm heroes like supporting local and giving them volunteer organization options.

Filipinos need to help fellow Filipinos. With this crisis our local farmers are facing, they need our help. Let’s support local—it is the least we could do for them.

 

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