MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga — In its quest to improve further the quality of corn in Central Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched the “Corn Model Farm” program in this city this week.
The program — which started on October last year — aims to increase the quality of yellow corn in the region and is also geared towards lowering the production cost thru farm mechanization and using other interventions.
The project is led by DA’s Corn Banner Program Coordinator Adela Peñalba and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist District I Corn and Cassava Coordinator Reynaldo Sarmiento.
It will also provide corn farmers with free seedlings, fertilizers and technical assistance to 12 farmer cooperatives, even as the agency has already distributed two bags per hectare of seedlings, five bags per hectare of urea, four bags of complete fertilizer, two bags of potash, and 10 bags of organic fertilizer for every 50 hectares of the Corn Model Farms.
Peñalba, meantime, said that to qualify for the Corn Model Farm Program, farmers need to be registered at the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.
Their farm should have 50 to 100 hectares of land the encompass 30kms to 50kms of cluster areas.
She added that the area should be flat or level to provide a better flow for the water system, citing that the farmland should be accessible to easily apply the interventions or technologies that are part of the program.
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