By Restituto A. Cayubit
Tacloban City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) office for Eastern Visayas, is encouraging the coconut farmers in the region to adopt adlay as an intercrop to boost agricultural rehabilitation and food sufficiency.
Dr. Elvira C. Torres, DA Assistant Regional Director for Research and Regulations, told Manila Bulletin that adlay is a good substitute for rice and corn.
Torres said adlay thrives even in less fertile soil or marginalized areas.
She said adlay can be a good intercrop while the farmers wait for their coconut tress to bear fruit, which usually takes from six to seven years.
Adlay/adlai (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) is a tall, grain-bearing tropical plant that can be milled into grits, processed into flour and used in beer and wine production.
The plant is also a popular herb in Chinese medicine and used in diet therapy to cure stiff and painful muscles or joints.