SAN AGUSTIN, Pili, Camarines Sur-“Sell dried cassava than fresh cassava, and sell it to us!”
This was the appeal of Maymatan Multipurpose Cooperative (MMC) President Jerry M. Mercado to the more than 90 farmers, corn and cassava agricultural extension workers, Corn Board members, and Feed Milling Companies who participated in the Corn and Cassava Stakeholders Summit at Nabua, Camarines Sur.
Mercado encouraged the farmers to sell dried cassava which currently costs Php9.50/kg market compared to fresh, granulated or ripe which is bought at Php3.00/kg.
Cassava is considered as an attractive crop for agri-business and industry. In the discussion of San Miguel Corporation-South Luzon Area Coordinator Ben S. Brasales on SMC Cassava Assembler Program and Marketing, he encouraged the cassava farmers to organize themselves into an assembler group with a minimum of 20 hectares of cassava plantation. As an accredited assembler, the members are guaranteed with a market, guaranteed floor price, and technical assistance in production, postharvest and logistics operations.