Best ‘Maisan sa Barangay’ project search begins

February 25, 2009 at 5:37 am Leave a comment


Following the success of the search for Best Gulayan at Maisan sa Eskwelahan or GAMES Project in Pangasinan, the Abono Partylist, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, is launching another project, the search for the Best Maisan sa Barangay Project.

The Maisan sa Barangay is a project of the Abono Partylist with the provincial government and four congressmen of Pangasinan, in coordination with the different municipal governments. It will be monitored by the DA, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and media. It is a four-month activity that started last week of January and aims to promote the white corn as alternative staple food for Ilocanos other than rice and at the same time addressing the hunger problem in the countryside.

The project requires all barangays involved in the program to plant hybrid white corn specifically the Matutum variety in a 2,500 sq. meter area using 70 cm between furrows and 20 cm between hills as the planting distance.

As an intervention to the program, the Abono Partylist shall grant the recipients with white seeds and fertilizer in collaboration with the provincial government who will provide the recipients six fertilizer discount coupons at P250.00 per coupon, or a total of P1,500 for three bags of fertilizers costing about P3,300. One half of the cost was shouldered by the provincial government. DA’s counterpart in the program will be in the form of technical assistance and monitoring activity to the barangays involved in the project. Labor and other materials, on the other hand, shall already be the counterpart of the recipients.

To ensure the success of the program, project coordinators and technical personnel from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturists are assigned to coordinate and monitor the project’s implementation.

Demo farms shall be likewise conducted to showcase the technologies used in the farm giving other barangays an idea on what and how these farming technologies were used.

As of date, around 1,787 barangays were involved in the program coming from the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union. A total of 1,247 came from Pangasinan out of the 1,364 total barangays while 540 barangays were involved in La Union out of the 570 total barangays. For Dagupan City alone, a total of 11 barangays have participated in the program.

Since it is a competition among the barangays, the actual yield and net income of each barangays shall be properly documented including photos of the project for evaluation purposes. Representatives from the DA-Central Office thru the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani-Corn Program, DA-RFU I Corn Program, Abono Partylist, Provincial Governor’s Office, Provincial Agriculturists and Media Association shall serve as the Monitoring and Evaluation Teams prior to the identification of the winning barangays.

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