More than 35 farmers from the surrounding barangays near the foot of Mayon Volcano participated in the Training on Adlay (Coix lacryma jobi L.) Production and Utilization as Alternative Staple Food conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol on February 28, 2017 at the social hall of Renato C. Villanueva in Barangay Pawa, Legazpi City.

Villanueva showed his interest in Adlay production after reading an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer written by Ronnel W. Domingo entitled “Developing, promoting Adlai as alternative staple food” based on a research conducted by the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).


Villanueva encouraged his fellow farmers from Pawa, Rawis, Tamaoyan, Bonga, Matanag, Buyuan, San Joaquin, and Dita to attend the training because of the potentials of Adlai for food, feeds, medicine and beverage which he learned from the article.

According to Senior Science Research Specialist Ailyn R. Adante, Adlay is a very promising crop as food and feed sources. It is a nutritious health food in South and Northern Asia and naturalized in the southern United States and the New World tropics. At present, there are adlay techno-demonstration areas in Camarines Norte, Albay and Sorsogon.

Science Research Specialist II Arlene I. De Asis discussed Adlay Product Development and Processing which include adlay champorado, adlay coffee, adlay cookies, adlay kropeck, adlay polvoron, adlay pinuyos and Puffed Adlay.

Adante also disclosed that the Organic Farmers Association of Gatbo, Ocampo will also have same training on March 21, 2017. (jaysonmgonzales)