Gov’t readies RP corn for AEC

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Created on Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Philippine corn industry is gearing up for the integration of ASEAN economies with national and local government leaders pulling all stops to enable corn growers attain sustainable production of high quality grains, for both yellow and white varieties.

“The Department of Agriculture (DA) has always regarded the local government as a sturdy and dependable partners in the implementation of programs and various strategies that would enhance agricultural development,” Assistant Secretary and National Rice and Corn Program Director Edilberto de Luna said.

“With the help of our local executives, we are optimistic that our national programs trickle down to the rural areas in the countryside, and benefit those who really need assistance,” he added.

In 2013, the DA launched the National Corn Quality Achievers Awards to give recognition to the invaluable role of the local government in mentoring corn farmers and stakeholders.

The LGUs have been consistent in effectively carrying out policies and projects that ultimately push for the robust production of high-grade corn.

The Search, which is now on its third year, continues to give due recognition to the unsung heroes of the corn sector nationwide. It gives honor and prestige to what is usually unnoticed, which includes the time, effort, and passion of thousands of agricultural extension workers (AEWs) who serve as on-site teachers and provide technical assistance to corn growers from production, post-production, and marketing.

Tomorrow, October 22, 2015, the DA awards one hundred men and women who continue to perform their duties and services to uplift the local corn sector.

“Alongside, these extension workers, recognition will also be given to five provinces, and their respective provincial agriculturists and corn coordinators, 25 municipalities, as well as their municipal agricultural officers and corn coordinators,” de Luna announced.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, who will lead the awarding rites, expressed satisfaction at the current status of the Philippine corn sector, stressing that the steady annual production have greatly contributed to the overall growth of Philippine agriculture.

“Aside from quantity, the government has always been watchful on the quality of corn produced. As such, Good Agricultural Practices have always been followed at all layers of the value chain,” he said.

“In addition to these, mechanization and postharvest facilities with standardized processing protocols have been strictly implemented to assure quality and competitive products,” Alcala added. (oda rodriguez/AFID)