A total of Php 9.89 M worth of yellow corn hybrid seeds was distributed to the corn farmers in the Cordillera Region.
This was reported during the DA-CAR Midyear Assessment last June 23-24, 2021 at the Guisad, Baguio City.
There were 2,053 bags of hybrid corn distributed to the 2,053 corn farmers in the region wherein 324 bags were distributed in Mt. Province, 500 bags in Kalinga, 666 bags in Ifugao, and 563 bags in Apayao.
The said program aims to increase and sustain the local production and provision of quality seeds to the farmers.
In 2019, corn contributed Php43B or 5.7% of the Gross Value Added (GVA) in the agri-fishery sector. The same crop year recorded the highest level of local corn production of 7.97 million MT with a ten-year on average growth rate of 2.6%.
According to Gerardo Banawa, Regional Corn and Cassava Banner Program Coordinator, the said program is under the Corn Seed Assitance Program the department that the distribution was done through the active corn cluster organizations.
He said that each farmer was given one bag allocation to a half-hectare farm. The corn cluster organization collects half of the cost of corn seeds and uses the amount to buy corn seeds for the second in line farmer-beneficiaries coming within the cluster or the so-called roll-over scheme.
“Through this program, corn farmers can now avail of high-quality corn seeds and increase the local production especially during this pandemic”, he added
He also encourages corn farmers to register for RSBSA and be a member of farmer organizations to avail of government interventions.
Meanwhile, Mary Joy D. Donga, manager of Matambong-Tobog Farmers Association of Tabuk City, Kalinga lauded the said program of the department, especially during this pandemic.
She said they can now buy high-quality corn seeds at half price to further increase their production and income.
“We are blessed for being one of the beneficiaries of the program and we hope that the program will be continuous and sustainable for more farmers to benefit”, she added.//
Photo Credits: Hermes Padilla