- Cynthia Villar believes that lands in cities can be converted to homes and factories
- This, she explained, is because the key to success in farming is the technology and not land and water
- Villar said that Israel does not have enough land and water but is an exporter of vegetables
Sen. Cynthia Villar on Tuesday explained that it is wrong to say that farmlands should not be converted into houses and factories, because technology – not land and water – is the key to success in farming.
In her opening speech during the Senate hearing on the situation of the dairy industry in the country, she cited Israel, a net exporter of vegetable in the Middle East, as an example.
“Sa Israel, wala silang lupa. Disyerto sila so hina-hang nila ‘yong plants sa air… Ang tubig lang nila, nanggagaling sa ocean. Salty so dini-desalinate nila,” Villar said.
“Ibig sabihin, ito ‘yong sinasabi natin na hindi kailangan ng lupa, hindi kailangan ng tubig. Ang kailangan natin ay technology to be successful in farming.”
She also hit critics who say that farmlands should not be converted into homes and factories.“’Yong sinasabi na ‘wag daw i-convert ang farmland para magtayo ng bahay at factory, mali ‘yon,” Villar added.
The senator said that lands in cities can be maximized as homes and factories, while those in provinces should be kept as farmlands.
“’Yong cities, we can build homes, small homes for Filipinos para may bahay naman sila, hindi sila squatter. And then if we can build factories in cities all over the Philippines, para magkaroon ng alternative employment ang mga tao, then ‘yong labas ng siyudad, ‘yon ang gawing farmland,” she explained.”
“Hindi naman gustong i-convert to homes, and commercial…’yong mga city lang ‘yon, e. So bakit ipagbabawal ‘yon, e importante rin ‘yon sa ekonomiya?”