Villar retracts statement: ‘I am not against research’

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Billionaire senator, Cynthia Villar, clarified that she was “not against research” after slur comments for criticizing the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) budget on corn study, on Wednesday.

The chair for Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, Villar, castigated the DA for allotting P150 million for the National Corn Program’s research.

“I am not against research [pero] hindi naman puwedeng puro research, walang application of the research,” Villar said.

Villar used the National Dairy Authority and the Philippine Carabao Center as an example, as the two institution have been doing research for 26 years but the country’s dairy production remains at 1 percent.

“I want a research that could be applied,” she said.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) found ways to increase production by 50 percent, but had to wait for the additional funding before the distribution of the farmers, she said.

”Ang hinihiling ko lang sa kanila (DA) ay one-half [of the budget sa] research, one-half application para makita kung ‘yung ni-research nila will have a good application sa agriculture sa Pilipinas,” the senator insisted.

“Kung hindi naman natin maaapply ang research, wala ring use ‘yun,” she added.