SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – Amid the implementation of the Extended Enhanced Community Quarantine, the Department of Agriculture Bicol is not only focused on ensuring food availability and sufficiency for human consumption but also feed sufficiency and availability for animal consumption. Thus, the DA through the Corn Program has started distributing 649 bags of corn seeds and 122 bags of fertilizers to farmer cooperators in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Albay who are participating in the techno demonstration and varietal trial of the new corn varieties.
According to Lorenzo Alvina, Regional Rice and Corn Coordinator, said corn seeds will be tested for their adaptability to specific conditions and their climate suitability to specific locations in the region. The result of the trials will be the basis for recommending mass production of said new corn varieties in particular areas in the region.
Aside from the productions inputs, DA Bicol also provided technical assistance through briefing on production technology to the corn farmers participating in the techno demo and field trials. But this is being done in strict observance of the physical distancing and other protocols prescribed under the ECQ .
Meanwhile, in support to corn farmers in Barangay Mangiring Calabanga, Camarines Sur (with physical area of more or less 4,000 has.) who were also among the most affected by the enhanced community quarantine, the DA extended assistance by lending out to corn farmers mechanized harvesters which lessened labor cost and sped up the harvesting process. (B. Nunez with Ailene Babelonia)