Agri department sets P10M for ‘Adlai’ production-A A +A
Friday, September 5, 2014
THE National Government through the Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated P10 million to boost the production of an alternative crop “Adlai” in Zamboanga Peninsula.
DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said the P10 million is part of the P25-million budget allocation the National Government has earmarked for Adlai production in the country.
He said they will purchase Adlai the same with palay price at P17.40 per kilo. The Adlai they would purchase will be used for seedling production to be distributed to the other areas in the country that do not have Adlai.
Adlai was first discovered in the Zamboanga Peninsula, particularly in the towns of Midsalip and Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur, and was developed by the Zamboanga Peninsula Integrated Agricultural Research Center for mass production of seedlings for distribution nationwide.
It is a tall-grain bearing tropical plant that has been growing now abundantly in the country. It has been cultivated since ancient times as staple food.
Alcala was in Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur as he was invited as keynote speaker of the two-day First National Adlai Grand Farmer’s Field Days and Technology Forum. He helped promote Adlai as alternative food crop when he still a congressman in Quezon Province.
The two-day event showcased Adlai production and management technologies in varying crop stages, regional booths and exhibits, Adlai farm machinery demonstration, post-harvest processing technologies, Adlai value-added products, farmer’s forum and symposium, among others.
More than 1,000 farmers, local government units, private sector representatives and investors from all over Mindanao and other parts of the country attended the forum. (Bong Garcia)