Ecija capital city to hold rice, onion summit

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The city government is eyeing to hold a summit on rice and onion to consult with farmers and other stakeholders on possible remedies to the problems facing the agricultural sector already reeling from the low buying price of palay and locally produced-onions.

City Mayor Adrianne Mae “Rianne” Cuevas called for the holding of the summit as she awaits the advice of her agricultural field officers as to the exact date the event would be held.

“Umiiyak na ang ating palay farmers pati sa sibuyas, halos wala na raw halaga ang kanilang inaaning sibuyas,” said Cuevas.

The mayor vowed to push for the welfare of the farmers.

The re-electionist city mayor, who is vying for a third and final term this coming May midterm polls, was the guest of honor during a media forum conducted by members of the Nueva Ecija Press Club Inc. at the provincial police hostel in Cabanatuan City last Friday.

Cuevas made the call as she revealed that the city government has availed of a P191-million World Bank-funded grant for the construction of a brand-new storage facility for onions and other agri-products in the city to help boost the farmers’ needs in the stockpiling of their farm produce.