Ilocos Region yields high corn production
By Henry S. Lagasca
San Fernando City, La Union (30 July) -- Evaluations made by the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani-Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Ilocos region shows another breakthrough in increased corn production this year attributed to government production support to farmers.
DA record shows that the total production of the region for the first six months this year is 412,691 metric tons (mt.) that translate to a 15 per cent higher production from the 356,859 mt. of the same period last year.
The assessment was made during a two-day review and planning workshop by implementers of the Corn Program in local government units (LGUs) and the DA regional field unit.
Identified interventions such as the distribution of hybrid corn seeds and fertilizers like the Bio N led to the increased in production as well as area expansion of corn in the region which posted a 13 per cent increase of area planted with corn from 64,905 hectares last year to 73,918 hectares this year.
Other government interventions include the provision of farm tractors distributed to farmer's cooperatives in the four Ilocos provinces, support to post harvest operation by establishing post harvest processing and trading center and counterpart funding scheme by the provincial government.
Region 1 has registered an average corn yield of 5.58 mt. per hectare, much higher than the 2.77 mt. per hectare average yield of the country.
Setting the direction of the corn program, DA field personnel are conducting trainings and seminars in the form of farmer field school, entrepreneurial training, as well as good agricultural practices to provide farmers with the necessary skills and modern technologies on corn production.
Other interventions such as the production and distribution of trichogramma and earwigs are being done by the corn program in coordination with extension workers of LGUs in the provinces.
DA's research and information field units are also conducting technology demonstration on the testing of microbial fertilizer and bio control agent including the conduct of advocacy and communication campaign to increase food production. (PIA Region 1) [top]