Liloy prides corn harvest festival, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:13

Some 58 farmers came to harvest the 22-hectare corn field in Barangay Banigan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte recently.  The harvest festival was initiated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) thru Ordinance No. 234-2014 Series of 2014 otherwise known as Sagip Program in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Atty. Felixberto C. Bolando, Liloy Municipal Mayor said the primary purpose of passing the ordinance is for the Local Government Unit of Liloy to directly engage in farming by cultivating available farms and  plant  corn and other crops. He encouraged the farmers to go back to their farms and utilize idle areas in the municipality using effective farming techniques to increase food supplies and to generate employment.  The ordinance was also passed for the LGU to provide continuing assistance to the farmers and their families.

The LGU hired 58 farmer-applicants as Job Order (JO) employees last May to plant corn and other crops and maintain the farms until the plants are harvested. The JOs received P250.00 per day in 3-month employment.

The local government utilized its existing farm tractors to cultivate and prepare the farms. On the other hand, the DA provided assistance through the seed exchange program (SEP), and distribution of natural supplements and biological controls like Bio-N and Trichogramma.

The farms used by the LGU of Liloy consisted of agricultural lands owned by the government and private agricultural lands after the execution of a   Usufruct Agreement by and between the Local Government and the land owners.

They were able to harvest 4-5 tons of corn grains per hectare using the NGR 800 variety which will be disposed at P20.00 per kilo in the barangay market.

Zamboanga Peninsula Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-ZAMPIARC) Chief Engr Roger Bagaforo introduced the best practices in agricultural farming like conducting soil testing, following the 20 x70 cm planting distance and using a suitable variety for high yields. He also encouraged the farmers to intercrop for a sustainable and productive output. —  I. Cabeguin/DA9