By Danny Estacio
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna-The Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture Region IV-CALABARZON is now preparing for the distribution of corn seeds to farmers within the Batangas and Quezon provinces in support of achieving food security and sufficiency in the country.
According to Avelita M. Rosales, Regional Corn Program Coordinator and Research Division Chief, the distribution of glutinous corn seeds will be handled by each area through the city or municipal agriculturists, while the allocation of white flint corn seeds will be facilitated by the Quezon provincial agriculture office and Gumaca municipal agriculture office.
Rosales also added that as of this time, the Lipa Agricultural Research and Experiment Station has produced 2,000 kilograms of glutinous corn seeds (lagkitan) and 1,000 kilograms of white flint corn seeds (puting mais) amid COVID-19 pandemic threats. Such open-pollinated varieties are grown for human consumption and feed formulation, respectively.
Glutinous corn seeds will be distributed to the corn farmers in Balayan, Padre Garcia, San Juan, Rosario, Batangas City, and Gumaca. White flint corn seeds are intended to ration off into the 3rd and 4th districts of Quezon.