By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will assist farmers through programs that will utilize an additional 3,000 hectares of corn area this year, DA 13 Regional Spokesperson Emmylou T. Presilda told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday.
This development is the result of the good harvest of corn production since 2017, she said.
The good harvest was discussed during the orientation on pre and post-harvest facilities (PPHF) for corn program recipients in Caraga Region last Wednesday.
DA 13 officials and leaders of farmers group also discussed guidelines and basic requirements for the interventions of the agency for the year 2019.
Regional Executive Director (RED) Abel James I. Monteagudo is optimistic that 2019 would be another great year for the corn industry in the region.
Ms. Presilda said strong government support and favorable weather conditions have paved the way for the development of the corn industry in Caraga region during last year’s cropping season.
As per Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) record, in 2017 the area harvested for the corn in the region was 34,034 hectares with a total production of 119,980 metric tons (MT) and an average yield of 3.53 MT per hectare.
Last years’ performance exceeded the 2017 record, with 36,699 hectares area harvested and produced 135,627 MT with an average yield of 3.70 MT per hectare.
In comparison, the area harvested from 2017 to 2018 posted an increase of 8 percent while production posted an increase of 13 percent and a yield increase of 5 percent.
DA-Caraga region had already distributed some P60 million of equipment for farm mechanization and post-harvest facilities in 2018 such as farm tractors, corn picker, combine harvester, compact corn mill, vertical dryer, and other facilities.