BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—At least P3 million worth of corn seeds and fertilizers were allotted for farmers producing below four metric tons of corn crops per hectare, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist here.
Alexander Domingo, OPA chief, said that among the 15 municipalities of the province, at least nine were identified as corn producing areas, which will receive corn seeds to boost corn production in the province.
The recipient towns are Villaverde and Bagabag — both awarded as “Hall of Famers” for Outstanding Corn Achievers in 2014 and 2016 respectively — along with Diadi, Quezon, Solano, Bayombong, Bambang, Kasibu and Dupax Del Norte.
To recognize top performing local governments in corn production, the Department of Agriculture came up with the National Quality Corn Achievers Award. It aims to improve the welfare of farmers and corn producing provinces in pursuit of the national government’s effort to support and strengthen the Philippine corn industry.
The OPA is developing a provincial nursery and farm school as an informal learning site for new farming technologies and techniques.
The province has received P3 million cash prize for being one of the Quality Corn Achievers Awardees. The amount will be spent to purchase quality corn seeds and fertilizers and will be distributed to corn farmers in Vizcaya province.
The fund will form part of Governor Carlos Padilla’s agriculture-oriented programs to sustain agricultural output while ensuring food security in the province.
“We are doing these efforts to support our Vizcayano farmers and maintain the award as one of the provinces that produce quality corn in the country,” Domingo said.