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Support to cassava, corn prod’n assured
by Press release

The corn and cassava industry in the Cordillera continues to face challenges despite the promising production output, last quarter of 2018. 

Among the problems affecting the industry are pest infestations, diseases, and climate change.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that corn production in the Cordillera reached 1.81 million metric tons from October to December 2018 which is higher by 10.8 percent than the 1.63 million MT production in 2017.

But the Department of Agriculture assured that it has interventions to address these issues.

One of these is to engage the private sector to invest in the agriculture industry.

DA Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulation Jennilyn Dawayan said during the corn and cassava regional midyear review planning workshop on Aug. 22 to 23 in Baguio City that the agriculture sector has to level up by advancing the export industry, consolidation of small and medium-sized farms, infrastructure development, allocation of bigger budget and investment in Philippine agriculture, and legislative support.

Regional Corn and Cassava Banner Program Coordinator Gerardo Banawa added that the DA will strengthen the corn and cassava cluster to sustain the gain in corn self-sufficiency and optimizing potential harvest.

Updates on what is being done to address fall army worms in Rizal, Kalinga was also presented during the workshop.

Banawa informed local government representatives that a DNA testing is ongoing to verify cases of worm infestation.

Aside from studies, Banawa said efforts are being exerted to address other issues in the sector, such as El Niño.


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