MODEL FARMS TO INCREASE CORN PRODUCTION IN WV

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April 19, 2018

MODEL FARMS TO INCREASE CORN PRODUCTION IN WV

The establishment of corn model farm is expected to increase production of five metric tons and three metric tons for yellow and white corn, respectively.

Liza Calmorin, Regional Corn Program Coordinator said that the corn model farm will be first establish in Calatrava, Negros Occidental this year.

“A model farm must have an area of 50-100 hectares and within the 30-40 kilometers of the corn cluster area This will be manage by a farmers’ organization duly registered either on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ,” Calmorin added.

MODEL FARMS TO INCREASE CORN PRODUCTION IN WV

by Aileen Miguel Subade

The establishment of corn model farm is expected to increase production of five metric tons and three metric tons for yellow and white corn, respectively.

Liza Calmorin, Regional Corn Program Coordinator said that the corn model farm will be first establish in Calatrava, Negros Occidental this year.

“A model farm must have an area of 50-100 hectares and within the 30-40 kilometers of the corn cluster area This will be manage by a farmers’ organization duly registered either on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ,” Calmorin added.

Corn which is considered as the second most important crop in the Philippines next to rice is utilize as main ingredient for livestock and poultry feeds, alternative staple food and a source of income of significant number of corn farmers.

The challenge of low adoption of technologies, high post-harvest losses, transport cost and lack of in-place marketing scheme could be address by the corn model farm.

Provision of trainings on production, post-harvest operation, business management, organization and capability-building activities will be spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) while market linkages and investment opportunities will be conducted by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (DA-AMAD)6.

“It could be an advantage if the farmer-organization has its own operational farm tractor and mobile grain dryer or village-type corn dryer which could fast tract the project implementation. The DA 6 corn program will also provide farm inputs like fertilizer, soil ameliorants and bio-control agents,” Calmorin said.

Part of the monitoring activities of the corn model farm will be the gathering of baseline data on area planted/harvested, yield and production cost before the implementation and collection of equivalent cost of seeds and fertilizer as repayment for the succeeding cropping season from participating farmers.

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