The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will give free sorghum seeds to banana farmers in Davao del Norte which were affected with Panama Disease.
Based on studies, planting sorghum in areas that are affected with Panama disease can neutralize the disease which is now manifested in Davao del Norte.
According to Manny Piñol, secretary of MinDA, the sorghum seed arrived this week after a month-long voyage from Galveston, Texas to Davao City.
At present, the seeds were kept in the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region IX.
“The four-metric tons of hybrid sorghum seeds are part of the 11.2-metric ton donation of Scott Seed, Co., a Texas-based seed production company,” Piñol stated.
The Sorghum Development Program is one of the economic advocacy of MinDA which aims to support poultry production and livestock.
The crop is known to be processes as porridge and can be used for animal feeds due to its high protein content.
Respectively, cultivating sorghum has lesser cost than producing corn. It is also profitable because you can harvest thrice in a year through ratooning with just one planting.
Apart from saving the lands of the banana farmers in Davao del Norte, MinDA’s Sorghum Development Program also aims to help in developing the 100,000 marginal lands and Ancestral Domain Areas by 2021.
With this development of the ancestral domain, farmers can earn P15-B annually.
“Governor Edwin Jubahib has earlier committed some areas in Talaingod town for sorghum farming, as it is a predominantly indigenous people’s (IP) community with large unutilized land and very high poverty incidence,” report from Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.
Reference: Davao Norte to start sorghum farming