Adlai good alternative to rice, corn PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:39

To have more sufficient food in the country perhaps Adlai may well solve the problem and it is good to plant especially to our farmers at this time of economic crisis.

The Lapaz Experimental Station (LPES) regional field unit 9 of the Department of Agriculture under the supervision of Mr. Orlando 0. Telmo, the energetic senior station superintendent is now in a second round of conducting research of different varieties of Adlai.

The station has been planted firstly as research on June 21, 2011 and yielded good result when it harvested.

It found out that Adiai (COIX LACRYMA -JOBI L.) grows anywhere especially in the hillyland and considered as one of the staple food crops in the country and potentially good alternative to rice and corn.

The plant however is very tolerant to pests and diseases and resilient to drought and flood.One round of wedding is enough and does not require chemical synthetic fertilizer application.

It may be recalled that species are usually harvested from 4 to 5 months after sewing.

Meanwhile, the mass production of the species is coming from President Benigno C. Aquino III ,DA secretary Proceso J. Alcala, DA regional executive director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy, CESO V,DA Cluster I Superintendent Mr. Ernesto Oilier and LPES head Mr. Orlando 0. Telmo, Senor Superintendent.

Adiai so far is already being cultivated in India, Viatnam, Japan, Korea South Asia and Northern Asia and other parts of the world.

Moreover, Adiai is freely branching upright herb that grows as tall as 3 feet and propagates through seeds.

The plant known also as Job’s tears due to the tears-like-shape of its grains which come as white or brown and belonged to the family POACEAE or grasses, the same family to which wheat, corn, and rice belongs. Adlai is at least 50% starch, 14% protein, and only 6% fat.

Adiai is pounded threshed and winnowed as a cereal. The pounded Aldai is sometimes mixed with water like barley and some turn it into a sweet dish by frying and coating it with sugar. It also boiled and eaten in the same manner as rice.

However, grains are also used in soups and broths. In southern part of Vietnam, Aldai is the main ingredient for “SAM BO BOUUNG”, a sweet and cold soup. Aldai grains are also made into beer and wine. Aged vinegar is also made out of it in Japan, YULMA CHA or Job’s tear tea is a thick drink in Korea made from powdered Aldai.

As this developed, it has minimal cost of production as it can “RATOON” it only requires a simple land preparation in plant but the farmers harvest 3 to 5 times, and there is no need for irrigation Be that as it may, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in Manila found out that Aldai can be applied as treatment to abscess, anodyne, anthrax, appendicitis, arthritis, beriberi, bronchitis, catarrh, diabetes, dysentery, dysuri, edema, fever, goiter, halitosis, hydrothoroax, metroxenia, phitisis, pleurise, pneremoria, puerporium, reumatism, smallpox, splenitis, strangury, tenesmus, and worms. —  J. Villadarez