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453 graduate from training on corn, cassava production

DAVAO CITY—Some 453 farmers in the Davao Region have graduated this month from a training via radio funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office.

Davao del Norte has the biggest number of farmer graduates with 196, followed by Compostela Valley province with 125, Davao City with 116, while Davao Oriental has 13 and three graduates from Davao del Sur.

The DA said the farmers graduated after participating in a training on agricultural crops and commodities via radio broadcast.

The program, which started from May to July, was aired over dxRD 711 kHz Sunshine Radio, from 4 to 5 a.m., every Monday to Saturday.

The DA 11 Regional Director Remelyn R. Recoter personally thanked the farmer graduates for the continuous support they have given to the agency.

I hope you can apply the knowledge you have acquired during the SOA program and sana makatulong ito sa inyong pangkabuhayan [I hope this will help in your livelihood],” Recoter said.

She also emphasized that the farmers played a big role in achieving food security in the region.

She said the DA 11 will continue to provide programs and trainings needed by the farmers to help enhance
their livelihood.

The graduates received certificates, information, education campaign materials and graduation T-shirt from the DA 11 office.

They also got the chance to win sacks of corn seeds and cassava stalks during the raffle draw.

Based on the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program of DA, corn is the second most important crop in the Philippines, wherein 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple and yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feeds.

Meanwhile, cassava is a tropical root crop that provides the staple food of an estimated 800 million people worldwide.

Grown almost exclusively by low-income, smallholder farmers, it is one of the few staple crops that can be produced efficiently on a small scale, without the need for mechanization or purchased inputs, and in marginal areas with poor soils and unpredictable rainfall.

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