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Government Honors Top Corn-producing Areas

14 October 2013

PHILIPPINES - Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala will honor outstanding corn-producing provinces, municipalities and cities along with outstanding corn coordinators and agricultural extension workers during the first-ever National Quality Corn Achievers Award on October 23, 2013 in Tagaytay City.

A total of P28.9 million worth of grants and cash prizes will be awarded to five provinces, each receiving P3 M worth of project grant; 24 municipalities and cities, each receiving P500, 000 worth of project grant; five provincial coordinators, each receiving P20,000 cash; 24 municipal/city corn coordinators, P15,000 cash; and 71 agricultural extension workers, P10, 000 cash. All winners will also receive a plaque and a medal.

The top five provinces include Pangasinan, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Misamis Oriental, and Agusan del Norte. They were chosen both on quantity and quality of corn grains their farmers produced collectively last year.

“The Corn Quality Award aims to recognize local government units and their respective agriculture officers and extension workers in the continued development of the country's corn industry,” said Secretary Alcala.

From 2000 to 2011, the country's production of yellow and white corn grew positively by an average annual rate of 3.85 per cent. Yellow corn accounts for about 50 per cent of livestock feeds, while white corn is a food staple and alternative to rice, consumed by at least 14 million Filipinos nationwide.

The awarding ceremony highlights the 9th Philippine National Corn Congress, which will run from October 22-25, 2013, in Tagaytay City.

Aside from Secretary Alcala, other guests during the Congress are US Embassy Manila Agricultural Counselor Philip Shull, Congress Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mark Llandro Mendoza, DA Assistant Secretary and National Corn Program Coordinator Edilberto de Luna, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino, and thousands of corn farmers and corn industry stakeholders.

The Congress will feature technology demonstration, exhibits of corn and other agri products, and technical sessions on yellow and white corn road map, soil management, livestock industry update, farm mechanization, and germplasm technology improvement. 

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