Lingayen, Pangasinan – Thirty six corn cluster organizations from 27 corn producting towns and cities of the province have received an early Valentines day gift from the provincial government in the form of hybrid yellow corn seeds.
The corn seeds distribution forms part of the province’s Enhanced Hybrid Yellow Corn Project – Phase IV.
Representing Governor Amado I. Espino III was 4TH district Board Member Liberato Villegas, along with 3rd district Board Members Angel Baniqued Jr. and Vici Ventanilla who led the distribution of 1,319 bags of hybrid corn seeds of syngenta (NK6410, NK8840) and monzanto (DK6919s, DK9132) seed varieties, respectively.
Assisting during the distribution program held on February 7 at the Provincial Agriculture Center farmers pavilion in Tebag, Sta. Barbara were Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla, and Provincial Corn Coordinator Venancio Baleroso.
Board Member Villegas, agriculture committee chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, stressed during the opening program which was held prior the distribution, that the provincial administration under the Espino leadership has been maintaining emphasis on agricultural development translated into the big fund allocation yearly for the said sector.
“Kaisa ng administrasyong Espino ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa pagtataguyod at pagpapalawig ng mga programang pang-agrikultura,” said Villegas.
The 36 corn cluster associations in the province are from 27 localities, which include: Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen (2nd district), Bayambang, San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara (3rd district), Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Jacinto (4th district), Sto. Tomas, Villasis, Binalonan, Alcala, Bautista (5th dictrict), and Natividad, Balungao, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, San Nicolas, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Umingan (6th district).
Moya noted that hybrid yellow corn seeds distributed could cover more than 660 hectares when planted.
Owing to the aggressive efforts of the Espino administration to boost corn production, Pangasinan province has won the national quality corn achievers awards for five times. The province harvested the first and second in 2013 and 2014 under the term of then Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., and a hall of fame for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) under the present leadership.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca