by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Sorghum Demonstration Farms will be established in two more Mindanao provinces next month as the Mindanao Development Authority's (MinDA) Sorghum Development Program goes full swing.

Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr. and Agusan Del Norte Governor Dale Corvera whose provinces are among the most fertile areas for agriculture both said they like to explore the potentials of Sorghum as a new crop for their farmers.

I met with the two Governors during a 3-day four province swing which started Wednesday in Davao Del Norte, Thursday in Davao Oriental and Thursday evening up to Friday in the two Agusan provinces.

The two Governors offered the areas for demonstration farm which will be planted to Sorghum seeds next week.

The Sorghum Seeds are part of the donation of the Scott Seeds Company of Hereford, Texas for the Province of Davao del Norte and MinDA.

The introduction of Sorghum as a complementary grains crop to Corn is being initiated by MinDA as part of its poultry, livestock and aquaculture development program for Mindanao.

A resilient plant which needs less water than corn, Sorghum grains has a high protein content ideal for livestock, poultry and aqua feeds while its stalks are excellent silage materials.

Recently, a demonstration farm in New Esperanza, Mlang supervised by Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol yielded a grains harvest of 8.4-metric tons and a silage production of 40-metric tons.

MinDA is now negotiating with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) while the Texas Sorghum Seed Producers led by Coby Kriegshauzer of Scott Seed are coordinating with the United States Department of Agriculture to support the Mindanao Sorghum Development Program.

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