In a bid to further promote white corn consumption, the Department of Agriculture Caraga is set to establish white corn model farm in two municipalities in the region this year.
DA Caraga corn program coordinator Melody Guimary disclosed that the local government units of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Las Nieves, Agusan de Norte showed keen interest in establishing such model farm.
Each municipality committed to allocate 50 hectares or a total of 100 hectares in two areas to be planted with flint type white corn.
“We are targeting to materialize the project on this upcoming corn planting season between July to October this year,” Guimary said.
Model farm aims to showcase appropriate technology in producing white corn to serve as learning sites for other farmers.
For 2019, another three areas are targeted to be established as corn model farm where locations are yet to be determined.
As per guidelines, DA will provide the required seeds, fertilizer, pest and disease control inputs as well as marketing support.
White corn will be mixed with rice or as the so-called Rice Corn Blend (RCB) on a consumer preferred ratio.
RCB initiative has been led by PhilMaize Federation in collaboration with the National Food Authority (NFA).
It aims to encourage Filipinos to eat white corn to help the country attain food sufficiency and enjoy the health benefits corn has to offer.
Corn is known for its low glycemic index that is why it is good diabetics and for those body conscious persons, you will feel full much longer than consuming pure rice.
In the Philippines, Cebu is known for high consumption of corn.
In 2017 as per PSA data, Caraga Region had close to 20,000 hectares planted with white corn. (Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga)