At 63, sugar worker Cesar Lenijan and his wife, Fe, still work the fields of Negros Occidental, hauling sugarcane and earning just P10,000 for an entire season of backbreaking labor.
The meager pay and a subsequent heart attack that sidelined Lenijan from full time work finally pushed his sons out of an industry now tottering on its last leg.
Lenijan’s eldest is currently an office worker in Manila, while his youngest will join a fast food crew next month.
The two are part of the exodus of local food producers from the fields to the cities, a worrying trend that has afflicted the country’s agriculture sector, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said on Fri…
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