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Monday, January 09, 2012

ZamboSur’s 2011 corn production bountiful: OPA

PAGADIAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -– Zamboanga del Sur corn production coordinator Yolanda Labiaga-Enriquez of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) this weekend reported that last year the province had a bountiful corn production registering a very high accomplishment in terms of yellow corn production, planted in the 8,848 hectares of land involving some 7,800 farmers

She said that another 64,698 hectares of land were also planted with white corn in the same period cultivated by 65,324 farmers.

Enriquez also disclosed that it is a good thing that the farmers were educated on the benefits of hybrid corn even without the intervention of the government on yellow corn production, with their own efforts and initiatives they were able to plant said corn thru their cooperatives.

Enriquez added, that the local government units also extended support to the farmers thru their livelihood programs by providing financial assistance to the farmers thru their cooperatives.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), in its seed exchange program provided the province with one thousand bags of OPV seeds (white corn) which were distributed to the different municipalities in the province. Each farmer were given 9 kilos of seeds for them to plant and after harvest season they are to return the same amount to the local government and in turn share it to another farmer.

With this strategy the production of white corn eventually increase, and farmers could easily get the seeds for their next planting season, she said.

With this development, the province has abundant supply of corn, especially farmers are now being provided with post-harvest facilities by their respective local government units. Farmers are doing their best not to discontinue the seed exchange, OPA is closely monitoring the program, Enriquez said.

She added, that the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) based in Ramon Magsaysay, this province has contributed much in the corn post production in the province. (JPA/RLG/PGO/CAL/PIA9)

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