Farmers urge to plant corn during off season

June 29, 2010 at 4:16 am Leave a comment

By Brando Cortez and Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES-More than 150 corn farmers from different corn producing towns in Pangasinan had an educational tour to the Corn Post-Harvest Processing and Trading Facility and attended the Corn Farmers’ Forum at Carmen East village here on June 25.

The tour and forum were aimed to familiarize them with the advantages of having access to post harvest facilities and to plant corn during off season..

The corn post-harvest facility, on the other hand, aims to help farmers to reduce cost, increase income, improve the quality of corn and create a ready market for corn and establish linkages to other markets

During the forum, the corn farmers learned that time and cost of money in the production of corn is lessened by about 20 percent of input cost if farmers patronize the corn post harvest facility.

The money used in shelling, sun drying and the time that goes with the said activities are now passed on to the corn facility.The reduction to the cost of post harvest for corn farmers increases their income.

“Dahil tag-ulan na, hindi na namin problema ang pagpapatuyo ng mais dahil meron nang malaking makina na magpapatuyo ng mais namin,” Renan Sardeña, a corn farmer of Rosales said.

Since the post harvest facility is also a trading center, the corn farmers have a ready buyer for their corn produce.

“Hindi na kami mag-problema sa buyer at resonable pa ang buying price nila,“ Joel Soriano of Villasis said. “Bibilhin nila yung mais kasama na iyong ambuligan (corn cob).”

The post harvest technology is essential to enable corn farmers to produce quality corn.

The processing produces corn with moisture content of 14 percent and aflatoxin (cancer causing substance resulting from inadequate drying) below 20 parts per billion (ppb).

“Dahil ang mais ay dadaan sa isang malinis na proseso, tataas ang kalidad ng mais namin,” Freddie Malapit of Villasis said.

The post harvest facility has a corn-on-cob dryer, a sheller, and a corn grain dryer (adopting a locally-developed technology), with a 200 metric ton (MT) per day capacity.

Also, the post harvest facility uses biomass fuel where the corn cobs are fed to the kilns to run the drying processes. In this manner, the drying cost is lowered down to P0.25 — P0.35 per kilo which is far cheaper than fossil-fuel run drying.

Rochelle Ballesteros of National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) advised the farmers on how to increase productivity and income on corn.

“Para sa mataas na ani at kita mula sa pagmamaisan: siguruhin na may bibili sa aning mais bago pa man magtanim; gumamit ng variety (mataas na uri ng butil ng mais). Butil na mataas umani at siguruhin ang kalidad ng binhi. Bigyan ng masugid na pag-aalaga ang taniman, at tamang uri ng pataba, mahusay na patubig at wastong pagsugpo ng peste; at gawing napapanahon ang pag-aani at patuyuin kaagad ang mga inaning mais,” Ballesteros said.

The plant tour and forum were done in coordination with the Abono Party-list, the Municipal Agriculture Offices, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Department of Agriculture RFU 1, and the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) and corn seed producer Mosanto Corporation..

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