P6.5M corn program in MisOr nets P3M worth of projects-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
MISAMIS ORIENTAL -- This province’s corn program has finally paid off when the Provincial Government became one of the recipients of the Quality Corn Achievers’ Awardee after the Department of Agriculture (DA) has recognized the outstanding contribution of the province to the corn industry.
Concepcion C. Salcedo, corn coordinator of the province, said that for the 2010-2012 period the province has allocated almost P6.5 million to the Corn Program, which was utilized for the distribution of corn seeds, the establishment of multi-purpose drying pavements, the provision of corn sheller and farm tractors, the adoption of good agricultural practices for corn, the conduct of soil analysis and Farmers’ Field Schools, among others.
The amount, she added, has extended assistance to corn farmers with a total area planted of 47,588 hectares (ha) and an average volume of production of 249,000 metric tons (mt) at an average yield of 4.4 mt/ha.
Major projects implemented by the province in coordination with the DA-Northern Mindanao and the city and municipal LGUs, Salcedo reported, include the establishment of a seed production site and a Bio-N processing center, which is located in the town of Villanueva; and a 100-tonner capacity corn processing complex in Claveria.
She further expressed that the projects would not have been made possible if not for the 26 active, dynamic and dedicated technical staff of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office supporting the corn program and the 101 agricultural technicians assigned in the different cities and municipalities.
As a national corn quality achievers’ awardee, PLGU-Misamis Oriental will receive a prize amounting to P3 million worth of projects, which will be awarded on October 23 in Tagaytay City.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano and Salcedo is set to receive the award.
For his part, Emano assured that the province will continue to pursue initiatives that will sustain the production of quality corn among farmers.
“We will exhaust all our means, all our efforts to continue delivering basic services in helping our agricultural sector, especially the farmers of our corn…because you are the sector that has been supportive for sustainable food in the province,” provincial governor said. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 15, 2013.