DA promotes cassava production
By Christy Carole B. Sanico
Davao City (7 May) -- The Department of Agriculture urged the farmers to embark on cassava production as it is a profitable and up-to-the-minute business today.
According to Milo Gordo, in-charge of the Seed Pieces of Corn and Cassava unit of DA-Manambolan, pointed out that cassava can flexibly be used in many ways.
During his lecture yesterday on corn and cassava planting, Milo explained that cassava starch and pellets can be used as animal food, alcohol, mono glutamates, sweetener, medicine, glue, biodegradable products, plywood binder, paper, textile, and food for human consumption.
He said that five (5%) of cassava production is used as food, 20% as starch and 75% as animal feeds.
Milo refuted superstitious belief of farmers that planting cassava makes the soil parched and dehydrated after harvest, discouraging some farmers not to plant cassava.
"?Actually, dili ni tinuod?ma-mala gyud ang yuta maskin unsang tanom imong itanom apan kon mag apply ka og fertilizers sa imong yuta base sa soil analysis, mahimsog man gyud ang yuta," he clarified.
Milo said that cassavas sold in public markets are mainly used for food consumption which draws a huge demand for animal feeds.
He assured the farmer-participants to the lecture, that San Miguel Corporation guaranteed to limitlessly purchase cassava for 8.50 pesos per kilo in granulated or pelletized form.
Moreover, Milo discussed that the methods of planting the cassava is a factor that every farmer should consider for it greatly affects production and growth.
According to the study conducted by PhilRoot crops, land preparation for cassava can be through flat, ridge and flat plus hilling up which have similar effects to cassava production.
Short stems (25-centimeter) produces high yield compared to longer stem-cuttings at 34.8 root yield (ton/ha.)
The study also reported 47 registered cassava varieties released since 2002-2007.
Valeriano Marqueza, 60-year old corn farmer in Davao del Norte, is one of the participants who received one (1) kilo hybrid corn during the lecture. He said that the lecture helped him realized a lot about cassava production.
Marqueza added that he will venture on cassava farming in the coming months. "Dako man diay ang benepisyo na among makuha aning pagtanum og balanghoy?," he expressed.
On the other hand, Jimmy Adeser, a 48-year-old farmer from Asuncion said that he is very thankful of the free lecture on cassava production as he proudly held an Amway liquid fertilizer he got as freebie during the event.
DA conducted yesterday lecture sessions on vermiculture and vegetable production in celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolks' Month which banners the theme "Magsasaka at Mangingisda Sama-samang Harapin ang Hamon ng Climate Change Gamit ang Makabagong Teknolohiya." (PIA-XI) [top]