Gaining Profit out of Corn: Training on Value Chain in Corn Production

 The participants brainstorming and soliciting ideas and opinions during the workshop.

Corn (Zea mays L.) is one of the important crops in the Philippines. It is the major source of income and employment. The Department of Agriculture (DA) Corn Program aims to increase production of quality corn for human consumption, feeds and industrial uses, as well as empower the farmers and increase their income, thereby improving their quality of life.

To implement the said program, the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center IX (ATI-RTC IX) conducted a training on Value Chain in Corn Production. It was conducted at Barangay Lamare, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur whose main crop is corn. Participated by 3 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW’s) from the municipality of Bayog and 30 farmers from different barangays of the said municipality.

During the opening program the barangay captain of Lamare, Bayog, ZDS Hon. Efipanio Hernadez expressed his warm welcome to the Training Management staff from the ATI-RTC IX. He said it was the first time that there will be a training to be conducted and will happen in their barangay. “So you should listen carefully and participate actively.” He reminded the participants.

According to the participants, the main problem they encounter in corn farming is marketing. Buyers will buy their product at a low price. Since corn farming is their only way of earning a living or the main source of their income, they can’t do nothing but continue in farming for them to sustain the daily needs of the family and survive.

Thru lectures, workshop and participative discussions, they were able to learned the following: Filling Gaps corn Value Chain, Value Chain Analysis, Value chain concepts and principles, recent trends/developments in Agricultural Marketing and Constraints, Challenges and innovative practices in Agricultural developments. A special topic on climate change and Prevention and control on Mycotoxin was also presented and discussed.

At the end of the training Ms. Lita Cedenio delivered her words of impression. "Sulod sa tulo (3) ka adlaw sa atong pagtraining dinhi sa atong barangay, swerte kaayo ta, nganu? Ang atong mga facilitator/speaker jud mismo ang mianhi sa atoa aron pagpa-abot sa inpormasyon ug teknolohiya sa Value Chain in Corn Production. Pinaagi sa ilang paghatag/pagtudlo sa inpormasyon sa mga topiko nga ilang gidiscuss, daghan kaayo tag nakuha nga ideya ug nadugangan ang atong kahibalo sa pagpanguma. Ug unsaon nga mas mukita ta sa atong pagpanguma ilabi na gyud sa mais. Ang atong nakat-unan dinhi sa training kung ato kining iapply dili na unya kita magkalisud ug aduna nay improvement sa atong pagpanguma ug sa atong panginabuhi."

During our 3 days of training here in our barangay, we are blessed enough, why? Because our facilitator/speaker willingly came here to give us new information and technology about Value Chain in Corn Production. In result, we gained a lot of ideas in every topic they discussed and got additional learning about farming and on how we can have a better income in farming especially in corn. Everything that we learned during the training if we will only apply, surely we’ll not suffer difficulties anymore and we can improve our farming and livelihood.

In the closing program an inspirational message was given by the Municipal Agriculturist (MA) of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, Ms. Nora M. Paredes. She said “..what you have learned from this training you should apply and practice.”

The 3-day activity on Value Chain in Corn Production was successfully conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center IX in collaboration with DA-LGU Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur at Lamare, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur last March 1-3, 2017. /Marissa L. Parilla