Northern Mindanao 110% corn sufficient: DA-A A +A
Saturday, July 26, 2014
NORTHERN Mindanao earned 110 percent sufficiency level in corn, said the Department of Agriculture (DA) during the latest media forum held in Cagayan de Oro City.
Regional corn program focal person Larry E. Paraluman said Northern Mindanao produced 1.185 million metric tons of corn in 2013, valued at P14 billion, which is 16 percent of the country’s total production.
For the year 2014 and 2015, the DA-Northern Mindanao has targeted a five percent growth in corn production to address the demand for feeds, as the livestock and poultry industry in the region is projected to expand by five percent.
Ensuring to attain its target, the DA continues to encourage individual farmers to organize themselves in order to access the programs, projects and services that are generally poured to farm clusters that are composed of organized farmers with a total combined corn area of 200-400 hectares.
“With farm clusters receiving assistance on farm mechanization, helps lessen cost in production,” Paraluman said.
Organized farmers group can also benefit from the assistance being provided, such as postharvest facilities, which assure them of a quality produce and storage facilities, as well as prolongs the shelf life of the product.
This, according to Paraluman, allows farmers to enter into contract growing and other agri-business ventures,” Paraluman said. (DA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 27, 2014.