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‘Corn varieties under
study show promise’

Six conventional corn hybrid varieties used in the research and verification of location-specific technology interventions for the Development of Corn Based Farming System posted an average yield of seven tons per hectare during harvest in May, corn specialist Armando Abaño said yesterday.

Among the hybrid corns they used were GS196, GSI88, TSG81, and Pioneer 30B80, Abaño said.

He said the research will improve the corn production sufficiency level of the province since it is still 20 percent sufficient.

Evaluating the adaptability of different varieties and its yield is necessary to increase profitability and to be able to go into other farming activities, like raising poultry and livestock animals, even at the backyard level, he also said.

Abaño said corn will complement the major staple foods like rice and other high valued crops and will support the needs of the livestock industry.

Meanwhile, the National Agribusiness Corporation in the cities of Kabankalan and Sagay is a ready market for post harvest, processing as a trading center for corn where they buy corn seeds from local farmers and commercial producers.

Abaño said the research is a technical empowerment for farmers to be able to develop agricultural extension services and to maximize the use of land through crop rotation, especially in the rainfed areas.*LTG



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