Zamboanga Peninsula corn production up by 17.61%

Antonio M. Manaytay

ZAMBOANGA Peninsula’s total corn output in 2016 was up by 17.61 percent compared to the previous year.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the 2016 total corn production had reached 258,951 metric tons from the previous year’s 220,180 metric tons.

The increase of production was due to the unified information dissemination and the adaptation of farmers to new technologies, said the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office.

“Well educated and informed farmers bring bountiful harvest,” it said in a statement.

The agency though advised farmers to know the “preventive measures and biological controls for pests and diseases attacking the field.”

It also stressed the importance of soil analysis to prevent improper application of fertilizers.

The agriculture office intends to further enhance the information dissemination on the corn services available to farmers, saying it is crucial to the government’s program to get staple food sufficiency.

The DA will conduct corn roadshows in three areas, namely: Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur on April 4; Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte, April 5; and Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay, April 6.

These roadshows are aimed to create an avenue “to further educate the farmers about the biological control; Bio-N and Trichogramma evanescence, the importance of soil analysis, and aflatoxin awareness.” (SunStar Philippines)