The Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 convened the corn stakeholders in Davao region for the first Corn Cluster and Key Leaders Assembly in Davao region held at Eden Nature Park, Toril, Davao City recently.

The two-day event aims to strengthen the corn industry in the region by encouraging the commodity players to organize a Corn Cluster Organization (CCO) and eventually come up with a crafted Farm Cluster Development Plan.

DA’s Corn Cluster Focal person Edgardo Rubio said that there is a need to formulate a CCO in order to promote collective leadership and decision making.

Moreover, it would also increase sectoral effectiveness and growth in accomplishing economic prosperity and to mobilize and consolidate resources among many others.

Rubio bared that the requirement for the corn farm cluster should have at least 200 hectares as physical area with at least 400 hectares as potential area for expansion and should be registered to Security and Exchange Commision (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).  

DA 11 Corn Program Coordinator Herna Palma disclosed that Davao region has a total of 58 percent corn production growth rate over the 2012 production.

The Philippine Statistics Authority- Bureau of Agricultural Statistics also reported that in terms of corn production, Davao region recorded 64.72 percent growth rate for white corn seeds and 45.05 percent for yellow corn seeds in the first quarter of 2014 from  33.53 percent and 43.30 percent in 2012 respectively.

 “The crafting of the Farm Cluster Development Plan will be beneficial to the corn clusters since it would generate projects to the organization,” Palma stressed.

Corn production in the Philippines has a total of 2, 278,186 metric tons (MT) during the first quarter of 2014 wherein Davao region contributed 41,611 MT making it on the 10th place.

In Davao region, Davao del Sur contributed the highest corn production with 44.1 percent followed by Compostela Valley Province with 20.4 percent, Davao City with 15.2 percent, Davao Oriental with 12.9 percent and Davao del Norte with 7.4 percent. (Aggie Media Service)

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