Low corn production seen

January 21, 2010 at 9:33 am 1 comment


By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Corn production in Pangasinan is expected to decrease due to various reasons.

Danny Sim of DCS Agricultural Supply in Rosales said that he was surprised that the sales of corn seeds dramatically dropped this cropping season compared to the previous.

“Ang sales natin ng corn seeds na pangtanim ngayon ay bumagsak ng forty percent (40%),” Sim said. “Malaking bahagi ng ating mga magsasaka na nagtatanim ng mais ang hindi nakapagtanim ngayon.”

Some corn farmers did not plant yellow corn for fear that the price may not be profitable because of their experience last year when the buying price of yellow corn went down to as low as P8 per kilo.

Paano kami magtatanim ng mais? Eh, hindi naman maprotektahan ng DA ang presyo ng mais,” Freddie Malapit, a farmer from Villasis said. “Lugi ang magsasaka kung ang presyo ng mais ayg P8 per kilo lang.”

Another factor corn farmers did not plant yellow corn was due to the damage done by the flooding where they were not able to recover their investments during the previous cropping.

“Hindi na kami nakabawi sa pagkasira ng aming pananim na dulot ng baha mula sa San Roque Dam,” Reynan Sardenia said, a farmer from Rosales. “Wala kaming naani…hindi pa kami makapagbayad ng utang naming na ipinuhunan sa mais.”

The most feared factor among the corn farmers is the policy of the Department of Agriculture to import substitute grains for yellow corn like feed wheat.

“Noong isang taon, binuksan ng DA ang importation ng feed wheat kaya bumagsak ang presyo ng mais,” Oftociano Manalo, a farmer from Balungao said. “Dahil mas mura ang feed wheat, ang mga hog at poultry raisers ay lumipat sa feed wheat para sa pakain sa kanilang mga alaga.”

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. bryan noble  |  March 4, 2010 at 12:59 am

    dito sa bukidnon at misamis oriental ay controlado nang mga end user at trader ang presyo ng mais..pag maraming mais na mabenta bagsak presyo agad ang mga buyer kahit shortage palagi ang suply sa mais…napaka sama yung mga trader at feedmillers na yan…unfair talaga…den da govt oficial loves to import corn to other countries for their own benefits..they make monies on importation…the govt should focus first to the farmer rather than making commision…the govt system is corrupted

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