DA introduces hi-protein corn similar to cow’s milk-A A +A
Saturday, September 1, 2012
MARABUT, Samar – Poor families can still consume calcium-rich foods as the Department of Agriculture (DA) introduces a hi-protein white corn variety that substitutes milk.
Early this year, the department establishes a six-hectare plantation in San Jorge, Samar devoted for production of quality seeds.
The community-based seed production system aims to produce 200 bags of certified corn seeds that will benefit 20,000 corn farmers in the region.
“Given the right management, each bag of corn seeds has a potential production of six to seven metric tons. Gross income will range from P72,000 to P84,000 per hectare,” Brenda Pepito, corn program coordinator said.
Citing studies, Pepito said the hi-protein variety is also recommended as staple food for those inflicted with diabetes.
Pepito said of the 200 bags of seeds produced, 148 bags have been distributed and planted in provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, and Eastern Samar.
“Next year, we will double the production of seeds as we plan to expand to another six hectares of plantation,” she added.
The DA is pushing for higher preference of corn with the increasing per capita of rice in the region. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)