Sumary of We trained them but their agriculture is more developed!:
- We trained students from these countries and it turned out that their agriculture sector is now far more developed and competitive than ours.
- Trapped by a Jurassic ideology Because of the populist Leftist thinking pervasive during the 1960s and 1970s, the development trajectory pursued by the country was one of nationalist industrialization.
- The strategy prioritized financing industrial projects while leaving little of government resources to agriculture.
- On the other hand, our successful neighboring countries heavily invested in their agriculture sector.
- Malaysia, under Prime Minister Mahathir, who ruled that country for more than two decades, sponsored the establishment of commercial plantations devoted foremost to the production of palm oil and rubber.
- Similarly, the Communist Party in Vietnam prioritized developing their agriculture sector by providing a plethora of subsidies to their farmers, investing heavily in agricultural education and research, and constructing the required support infrastructure for agricultural ventures.
- Lack of continuityThe problem of the absence of a clear direction and strategy on what to do with agriculture is aggravated by the lack of continuity in the political leadership in the country.
- This means that if the leader who prioritized agricultural development has completed his term of office or did not get reelected (in the case of our legislators and particularly, local government officials), there is a big chance that his priority projects will be abandoned by his successor.