Kalinga farmers find hope in cassava production project
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (2 October) -- With the price of corn down to as low as five pesos per kilo, farmers here find hope in the newly launched cassava production project.
Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose said the province entered into a joint-venture on cassava production with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Diez Bros. Agri-resources Corp. (DBAC), who promised to buy the cassava produce of the farmers,
According to Jose, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the province and the two private corporations was already signed.
The Provincial Agriculturist Office already organized farmers interested to venture into the project in the towns of Pinukpuk, Tabuk, Tanudan and Rizal.
Jose said the 10,000-hectare quota given to the province would benefit about 4,000 farmers with the target distribution of two to three hectares per farmer. Cassava takes seven to ten months before harvest depending on the variety, but SMC and DBAC vowed to provide the improved variety harvestable in a shorter period.
Cassava suits very well the vast rolling open lands of Kalinga and could even develop as a major alternative crop among farmers, who now face high losses from major cash crops.
The project is also extended to other cassava potential production areas like nearby provinces of Isabela and Ifugao, Jose said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]