Agricultural Land Disadvantages

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been tolerated. This, however, brought adverse effects on the agricultural landscape of the country. Therefore, the agricultural landscape of the Philippines should be preserved by lessening the conversion of agricultural areas to non-agricultural uses in which will result in increased agricultural production, local and national food security, economic viability and better quality of life. As mentioned, there is an ongoing land conversion in the country. For example, in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Bulacan, there is an ongoing massive conversion of prime agricultural lands to housing, commercial establishments, and industrial estates. About 20,000 ha of farmlands were converted every year (from 1970 to 1980) to be used for other land uses. It is estimated that more than 100,000 ha of agricultural lands all over the country are targeted for conversion in the next five years to give way to industrial, commercial, residential, and tourism uses (Cardenas, 1998). These agricultural land conversions in the country are driven by several factors (Govindaprasad and Manikandan, 2014). One of the factors, the country’s population growth, is an important factor causing agricultural land conversion. The increasing number of nuclear families and population leads to the increase of human habitation, thus, leading to the increase on the demand for agricultural land which is due to expansion of settlement. This expansion of settlement causes the conversion of
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