Ilocos Norte Imee Marcos on June 20 said she is pushing for the development of agriculture in the country.
The Ilocos Norte politiko made the remark during the 52nd Founding Anniversary of “Gotad ad Ifugao.”
Marcos admitted there are many challenges facing the agricultural sector.
“We still have failures in irrigation and a lack of research in hybrid rice. The inability to provide farmers more inputs eh medyo kulang pa rin at talagang hirap ang farmers,” she said.
But Marcos said she remains optimistic that poverty will be defeated once the problems with agriculture are addressed.
“I’m convinced that helping each other ̶ not leaving the Cordillera behind, not leaving any Ifuganon behind ̶ I’m certain that we can end poverty in this generation if we really put our minds to it,” she said.
I think the most important goal is to lift our people out of poverty in this generation, as soon as possible; certainly, the rural indigenous and remote peoples need to be addressed,” Marcos added.