50 Indigenous People Trains On Corn Production
Mr. Eugenio Bignayan, of Iloilo Research Outreach Station discussing the corn variety selection giving emphasis on the difference between the open pollinated (OPV) and hybrid varieties. He is also stressing on the importance of seed preparation and seed storage among the participants. (JEEOgatis photo)
The Department of Agriculture, RFO 6 trained 50 Indigenous People (IPs) from Sitio Kabarangkalan, barangay Sto. Tomas, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo on corn production technology last June 9-10, 2015.
The training aimed to equip the IPs on producing white and glutinous corn for human consumption purposes in support to the Food Staple Sufficiency Program of the Aquino administration.
Vice Mayor Jovino Tugbang, Jr. of Barotac Viejo said that the municipal government supports agricultural endeavor of the IPs in the two sitios of Kabarangkalan and Nagpana.
“We have given them various livelihood training programs to improve their economic situation and encourage them to stay in their respective communities.” Tugbang added
Tugbang said that he is also a corn planter using organic inputs in order to minimize production inputs.
He encouraged the IPs to be industrious enough to make use of the natural resources and maintain sanitation in their farms.
Meanwhile, Mr. Romie Elosendo, President of Kabarangkalan Minority Association (KAMIAS) said that having to develop their areas signifies their dedication, industry and commitment to show that IPs are now educated.
Elosendo stressed that through unity and cooperation they can contribute to agricultural development specifically in corn production for consumption purposes.
He added that what they have learned on the training will be their investment in properly utilizing their respective areas given to them by the local government unit.
Among the topics discussed during the training are: variety selection, seed preparation and storage, land preparation and crop establishment, common pests and diseases of corn and their management, soil fertility management, fertilization and harvest management. /MP