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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has left rice farmers fuming over a policy that was supposed to curb inflation but also enhance their competitiveness. (© Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images)
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Duterte's war on inflation hammers Philippine farmers

Backlash over cheap rice imports casts doubt on agricultural reform

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

GUIMBA, Philippines -- Harvest time in the Philippines usually lifts the spirits of the country's 2 million rice farmers, but this year the mood in the agricultural heartlands north of Manila is gloomy.

"This is such a serious tragedy that hit us," said Roy Valdez, a farmer in the town of Guimba, where roads are covered with unhusked rice drying in the sun and paddies are dotted with mechanical harvesters and water buffaloes.

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