President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo had talked about the possibility of Indonesia supplying the Philippines with fertilizer.

In a media briefing following his Indonesia visit, Marcos Jr. said he and Widodo had discussions on agriculture.

“I brought up the subject of agriculture, again because that is in my mind a very important subject that needs to be discussed. And we talked about the possibility of them supplying us with fertilizer with Urea of Indonesia, increasing its trade also for our energy because much of our coal comes from Indonesia,” the president said.

In his first State of the Nation Address in July, Marcos Jr. said he was eyeing government-to-government (G2G) deals for fertilizers as their prices continued to increase due to high energy costs.

Indonesia is among the country’s possible G2G partners on fertilizer deals, along with China, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Russia.

Marcos Jr., who also heads the Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier said the government could possibly avail of cheaper fertilizers through G2G deals.

He also floated his plan to “rebuild the value chain of agriculture” as the DA earlier warned of a possible food shortage in the fourth quarter of 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro