Sen. Bam Aquino stressed that unabated importation of sugar would lead to the death of the sugar industry and affect the livelihood of 90 percent in the sugar farming industry who are land reform beneficiaries.
“Nakababahala ang planong ito ng gobyerno na bahain ng merkado ng inangkat na asukal dahil talo ang ating maliliit na magsasaka at kanilang mga pamilya,” said Sen. Bam, who is running for re-election under the Otso Diretso coalition.
“Sa walang habas na pag-angkat ng asukal, ninanakawan ng kabuhayan ang mahihirap na pamilyang umaasa sa pagtatanim ng tubo,” the senator added.
According to Sen. Bam, if the government pushes through with its plan to liberalize sugar importation, the livelihood of around 84,000 farmers and 720,000 industry workers will be in peril.
Instead of pushing for the liberalization of sugar importation, Sen. Bam said the government should give small farmers the needed resources to improve their livelihood.
“Kailangan natin silang tulungan at alalayan, lalo na at marami sa kanila ay benepisyaryo ng repormang agraryo,” said Sen. Bam.
Earlier, Sen. Bam recently requested to be a co-author of Resolution No. 1014 requesting the government to shelve its plan to import sugar.