Butuan City – The Department of Agriculture Caraga Regional Office is eyeing to increase cassava production in the region to catch up increasing demand for food, feed and other industrial uses.
During the Cassava Stakeholders Meeting held in DA Conference Hall recently, OIC Regional Executive Director Edna Mabeza urged AgriPinoy Corn Coordinator Abel Wagas and other stakeholders to look for ways to increase yield in cassava.
She said that cassava is now part of the food staples pushed nowadays under the Food Self Sufficiency Program (FSSP).
“Let us look for ways how we can develop cassava in Caraga due to its high demand”, she said.
Mabeza hinted that one way of developing cassava in the region is through possible contract growing with private companies.
San Miguel Corporation who attended during the meeting revealed that they have huge demand of cassava as ingredients for feeds and other industrial products.
Based on projected cassava demand in the country from 2012 to 1217, the current year has a demand of 2.6 million metric ton to 4 million metric ton.
Caraga Region ranks 11 in the list of cassava producers in the country for 2011 according to Bureau of Agricultural Statistics data.
Identified steps to increase cassava production include awareness campaigns, capability building trainings for cassava coordinators as well as farmers, seed distribution, other agricultural inputs and post harvest facilities, and more timely and relevant interventions.
For clearer direction, RED Mabeza asked LGU program coordinators to come up with a five year cassava roadmap.
Abel Wagas clarified that cassava is under the AgriPinoy Corn Program due to its usage as for food and for feed same as with corn. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)