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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol assures rice farmers of DA's support amid rice liberalization law during the Mindanaowide Consultation on the drafting of of the Implementing Rules and Regularions (IRR) on Rice Liberalization held February 28 in Davao City.

These include: improving competitiveness of rice farmers thru use of hybrid and next-generation seeds as well as farm inputs; and enhance resiliency to disasters and climate risks.

"In facing this new challenge, we will make sure that our farmers will be protected," Piñol said.