Bicol corn farmers urged to plant cassava for added income
The Department of Agriculture in the Bicol region advised farmers to plant cassava and tuba-tuba (jathropa) in their corn farms to augment their income.
The Philippine Information Agency reported that DA-Bicol trained more than 40 corn farmers and agricultural technicians from Ligao City and Polangui town in Albay on cassava production and processing.
DA-Bicol is also planning to train corn farmers in Masbate and Camarines Sur.
DA Bicol senior science research specialist Nympha Autos was quoted in the report as saying that there is no need to apply fertilizers for cassava because there are residues from the corn farms.
But she said farmers should plant tuba-tuba in their fields to serve as “alternate host” to pests and diseases affecting cassava plants.
During the training, farmers were told that they could plant cassava in December, or a month after planting corn.
After harvest, cassava stalks are laid on the field for several days until new shoots grow. The new shoots are cut and replanted.