A lot of Filipinos are suffering. There is an extent of prostitution, human trafficking, squatters, corrupt politicians, lack of police and poverty in the country. But there is worse problem that gradually kills us. The agricultural products of ours are not enough which may be one of the reasons why most Filipinos particularly in Metro Manila are suffering from hunger.
One out of four Filipinos suffers from hunger according to the research conducted by the Department of Agriculture. Meaning, about 75% of country’s population can eat three times a day. It is alarming since products like rice are inadequate to feed 25% more of people in the country.
According to the data, rice production in the country is not enough. It is caused by the El Niño that we experienced in the previous months. Rice plantations were greatly dried which caused us to import rice from nearby countries such as in Vietnam. It is humiliating to think that once we taught Vietnam varied ways to improve and increase rice production, which caused them to be successful in rice exportation and it is timid to say that we were one of the first rice exporting countries in Asia but now, Philippines is one of the countries that face rice crisis.
We are able to survive the crisis because we depend on rice importation. Millions of pesos are given to other countries every time we face El Niño or La Niña. Unfortunately, some products we import are just being wasted because some of vegetables and rice are destroyed due to pests and improper care. Sometimes due to excess amount of rice we get, they are just stocked in warehouses. As a result, thousands or even a million of pesos seems to be bubbles that disappear on air.
In order to get rid of the problem, we need to be resourceful and thrifty on foods being served on our tables. Do not waste them. As much as possible, avoid food leftovers on our plates since in a country having a big population, every gram of rice wasted by a person is the same as desolating tons of rice grains in a day.
Another is to say no to industrialization. A lot of lands are used to build factories and buildings instead of planting crops. There will be more chance for the country to have food shortage and there will be more spaces for factories which emit harmful air pollutants and fewer spaces for the solutions of rice crisis if industrialization continues to spread.
Say yes to Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). It can help our farmers to alter their economic status. The lands where they plant rice will be given to them for free. Their hard work will be reasonable. They will not have any share from the money they earn. They will be urged to plant more rice. As they plant rice with urgency, there will be more production of rice. As they produce more, the more they can provide us foods to eat. It will minimize hunger. It will be possible for us Filipinos to export instead to import products. We will be independent. As we not import products from other countries, our economic status will change, because of more rice, the economy will rise.
It is good that some of us thought some alternative ways to solve the crisis. In Mindanao for example, some farmers do not really intend to plant rice anymore, they only plant corn. Corns are easier to be taken care. They do not need too much water to make them survive. They only need usual amount of water we use in gardens. Corns are then to be eaten by them as substitute to rice. They eat these corns sometimes with viand.
Some of us are being westernized. As a substitute of rice, some just eat bread. Some use to spread breads with viands such as adobo, afritada and even pinakbet they tried.
These are some of the alternative solutions every time we face food shortage.It is difficult to solve crises like what we are facing now especially that we experience now La Niña. I know that our government is doing their best to materialize Noynoy Aquino’s objective which is “Tuwid na Daan”. President Noynoy concentrates in good governance and in getting rid of corrupt officials to accomplish one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 which is eradicating poverty but giving attention to Philippine agriculture can be a solution to not only to economic crisis but also to the becoming worse poverty in the country.