PRDP helps corn farmers becomes self-sufficient in Tayabas
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), helped corn farmers in Tayabas, Quezon to have sufficient and sustainable yield.
A statement showed that members of the Calumpang Corn Growers Association (CCGA) were able to avail PRDP’s ‘Corn Production Plant Now, Pay Later’, the first I-REAP subproject completed in the region.
Barangay Captain of Calumpang, Rosa Maria Quindoza, also a member of the CCGA, said she pushed her group to take on this project.
She saw this as an opportunity that can directly improve the lives of the farmer-members and boost the industry of corn in their area.
According to one of the farmers who availed the program, he was able to earn P93,960 from his 1-hectare land in April 2018. He attributed the higher income to the good quality seeds provided by the association.
Now that the CCGA will provide planting materials through the enterprise, the farmers will no longer worry about their capital for the next cropping seasons.
The payment collected from the sold produce will serve as the association’s fund for the next planting season.
For his part, CCGA President Abraham Raniel Sayas said the enterprise will complement their association’s primary income from the drying facility provided by the corn banner program of the Department of Agriculture.
The association can now afford to buy the members’ harvest at a price higher than the commercial rates to ensure that their produce will have fair and readily accessible market.