Bukidnon loses more corn to post-harvest wastage [with PHOTOS]

MALAYBALAY CITY – The volume of corn losses due to post-harvest facility wastage is higher than the volume of corn actually consumed in Bukidnon, one of the country’s top corn-producing provinces.

The Provincial Agriculture Office, in its 2011 to 2016 Corn Roadmap of Bukidnon, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News recently, showed that Bukidnon loses 87,766 metric tons or 26 percent of its corn production intended for local markets.

The PAO projected to cut down the losses from 26 percent in 2011 to 17 percent in 2016. The road map also showed that corn for local food use will increase from 21 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2016.

Of the 338,684 left for the local market, 21.4 percent or 72,670 metric tons goes for “food use.” Most of Bukidnon’s local corn consumption at 177,710 metric tons or 52.4 percent goes to its local
livestock industry as “feeds.”

About 51 percent of Bukidnon’s corn production of 554, 297 metric tons in 2010 went to “outside” market.

Bukidnon needs to avail of additional units of post harvest facilities (PHFs) from the Department of Agriculture, local government units, and private investors, the five-year plan prepared by the Provincial
Agriculture Office, said.

More PHFs have been identified as among the six interventions needed in the province to obtain its conservative targets for 2016. Bukidnon has produced 554,297 metric tons in 2010. The road map showed that Bukidnon intends to produce 773,995 metric tons in 2016, or 32.4 percent higher from its 2010 production.

According to the projections cited in the PAO road map, with a population of 1.27 million, Bukidnon has total corn usage of 338, 684 metric tons out of its 691,073 metric tons projected production until
December 2011.

With the figure, the province enjoys a 104-percent sufficiency rate, Estellita Madjos, deputy provincial agriculture officer, said Saturday.

The road map also showed that while PAO also intends to increase sufficiency ration to 115 percent in 2016, the share of corn for local consumption will go down from 49 percent in 2011 to 46 percent in 2016.

The Provincial Agriculture Office has also recommended that Bukidnon strengthen its research, development , and agricultural extension programs; and promote innovative farming technologies for sustainable development; encourage strong partnerships and linkages with government and non-government organizations. The road also recommended “strong market linkages with processors.”

The PAO cited in the “infrastructure development” section of the road map that Bukidnon has a total of 1,610 metric tons of post harvest facilities’ capacity.

The biggest three are ran by the Mindanao Grains company in Aglayan, Malaybalay City with a 480-metric ton capacity; Castech in Cabanglasan town with 400 MT and Cagayan Corn Products in Maramag town with 400 MT capacity. Limketkai Grains firm also runs a 200-MT post harvest facility in Malaybalay City.

Farmers’ associations, multi-purpose cooperatives, and local government units also operate post harvest facilities. But their combined capacity, the PAO cited in the road map, is only 50 metric
tons.

For feed millers and processors, San Miguel Corporation operates the bulk, 30 tons of Bukidnon’s 42-ton exiting feed millers and processors, the road map showed.

For dryers, Bukidnon has a total of 2,238 multi-purpose drying pavements, including basketball courts, spread around the province. The PAO also accounted about, three mobile flash dryers, 36 flat bed dryers and 205 columnar dryers in the province. According to the Bureau of Post Research and Extension (BPRE), in 2004, Bukidnon is home to a total of 180 stationary corn mills, 141 mobile corn mill rollers, and about 320 warehouses or storage facilities.

The Provincial Agriculture Office pushed as the top recommendation for more post harvest facilities in Bukidnon even if they cited Bukidnon existing post-harvest facilities.  The PAO have set three goals in the road, including the “increase in farmers’ productivity and income,” “production of quality corn for food and feeds,” and to “minimize post harvest facility losses.”(Walter I. Balane)

 

Truck loads of corn in sacks wait for weigh in at the Mindanao Grains Processing Co. Inc. plant in Aglayan, Malaybalay City File photo by Arthur Fabrigas/Courtesy of Central Mindanao Newswatch

 

Workers load sacks of yellow corn to a jeepney along the highway in Aglayan, Malaybalay City File photo by Arthur Fabrigas/Courtesy of Central Mindanao Newswatch

Also visit www.mindanews.com for more stories on Bukidnon

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One Response

  1. Post harvest technology is available, 8s a pity we are indeed wasting so much resource. Sayang, pera na naging bato pa. We can do something, you know.

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