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A development manifesto? AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 03/13/2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A development manifesto?

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
03/13/2012
Some weeks ago, a reader e-mailed me what amounted to a manifesto for national development. Interestingly, the author is not Filipino but a UK businessman-scientist who’s been resident here for over 20 years. See what you think.

For the agricultural sector, the manifesto proposes that 10 million Merino sheep should be introduced on the land above 700 meters in Luzon, Mindoro and Panay. Each year, these would produce 80 million kilos of fine wool worth $640 million. Including the downstream processing and spinning plants and the fine garment factories, it’s estimated that two million jobs would be created.

On currently idle land throughout the Philippines, it’s proposed that between a million and 1.5 million Red Devon cattle, which do not need to be fed on grain, be introduced for the purpose of beef production, providing $75 million in annual revenue and creating 100,000 jobs in farming, transportation and processing. There are further proposals for fruit tree cultivation, the banning of tobacco production and the development of trout fishing and pine plantations — all generating considerable revenue and jobs..... MORE

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