DA suggests the use of sorghum to make animal feeds
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now promoting the planting of Sorghum, also known as Milo, as an alternative to corn in terms of manufacturing animal feeds.
During a recent meeting between the DA and the stakeholders of livestock and poultry industry, feed millers told Piñol they were interested in the development of sorghum as alternative to corn.
This, as the supply of yellow corn has been very tight lately and that high prices have pushed the prices of meat and poultry up.
The situation was made worse by the devastation of the corn fields in Northern Luzon.
Sorghum is classified as grass which produces protein-rich grains. Unlike corn, which is harvested only once, Sorghum could go through two ratoons, thus saving the farmers a lot in expenses for seeds.
The current price of sorghum seeds is P5,600 per bag which is good for two hectares.
The feed millers, as cited by Piñol, said they are willing to enter into a marketing and supply agreement with the farmers.