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Historic first under Duterte Presidency: PH ready to export corn

Updated January 19, 2017, 10:25 AM
By MB Online

For the first time in history, the Philippines is ready to export corn to neighboring countries as corn harvests this year will breach the 5.6-million tons domestic requirement, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

(PHOTO: Grabbed from the Facebook account of DOA Secretary Manny Piñol)

National Corn Program coordinator, Asst. Secretary Federico Laciste reported that in spite of the series of natural calamities which hit the country recently, including the 7-month El Niño, yellow and white corn harvest for 2017 is expected to hit 8.1-million metric tons.

The production of Cassava, which is lumped with corn in the animal feeds category, is seen to reach 570,000 metric tons and this will contribute further in stabilizing the corn and animal feeds supply in the Philippines.

Photo show officials of the Dept. of Agriculture in Wednesday’s meeting of the National Rice and Corn Program (PHOTO: Grabbed from the Facebook account of DOA Secretary Manny Piñol) | Manila Bulletin

This is the first time that the Philippines will achieve a 120% corn sufficiency.


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