By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur — The provincial government of Ilocos Sur reaps anew this year’s coveted 2016 Outstanding Quality Corn Achiever Award.
This is a back-to-back win for the provincial government under the leadership of Governor Ryan Singson after it garnered the same award last year for posting an exemplary high-grade corn produce with an average of 2.24 metric tons yield increment.
During this year’s random sampling made by the evaluators from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the corn productivity of the province doubled and reached 5.8 metric tons.
Singson said this back-to-back win is a great achievement that was realized through the strong support of the provincial government, the DA and the local government units, with the commendable performance demonstrated by the farmers’ sector.
Since he started his term as governor of Ilocos Sur, Singson initiated several corn development programs in an effort to increase the production and raise the quality of corn seeds to be planted in the farmlands of the province.
These include production support, provision of farm implements, irrigation and water system, farm machinery extension and training support, and even marketing support that could lead to high-quality corn produce.
“This year’s success is also a challenge for us on how to sustain and even improve the corn industry. The cash award we received last year aided the farmers in their post-production through the purchased types of machinery. This year’s cash incentive will again be allotted to them. However, we will let our farmers decide on the kind of projects that would benefit them,” said Singson.