Give farmers bigger role over coconut levy funds

WE in the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) are calling on the Duterte administration to maximize the participation of and benefits to small coconut farmers under Republic Act (RA) 11524 or 'The Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act,' which, which took effect recently.

Toward that end and during a virtual meeting last February 3 with Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Benjamin Madrigal Jr., we proposed a farmers advisory council to the Trust Fund Management Committee created under RA 11524.