If you’re not familiar with Adlay, it’s an indigenous crop that grows in Southeastern and Eastern Asia which has been introduced by the Department of Agriculture to farmers as part of the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP). It’s more nutritious than rice and corn due to its high energy content and has higher protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, VItamin A, and B complex.

Agbon’s venture into Adlay started when she acquired 1.5 kg of seeds from the DA-XI research team and planted it on her ½ hectare farm. She was amazed at the result - she was able to harvest 200 kgs in just 120 days, and the crop itself is not labor-intensive. Agbon became more committed to planting Adlay because of its resiliency against drought which helped her gain income even during the dry spell.

Since then, her Adlay demo farm has been expanded to 2 hectares and had a total recorded sales of P100,000 since 2016 from Adlay grits. DA-XI has also installed a mechanical Adlay milling machine at her farm to demonstrate how the postharvest equipment can help Adlay farmers. The machine has the input capacity of 100-150 kgs per hour which can produce 50-75 kgs of adlay grits per hour

Adlay grits can serve as an alternative to rice, but KIRICA has gone even further with Adlay as they turned it into Brewed Adlay, a product similar to coffee that is being marketed locally in Malita. However, KIRICA continually participates in trade fairs and exhibits to promote their brewed Adlay.

None of this would have been possible had Agbon rejected the notion of turning to Adlay. She exemplifies resourcefulness and openness to technologies which can provide an alternative source of food to rural households and an additional source of income for rural women. Through her initiative, she has helped her community progress further and earn more for their families through their Adlay products. | via RAFIS11

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