Provincial Agriculturist Greg Paltinca on Friday said he has ordered the halting of hybrid corn planting in Negros Oriental as part of the province’s thrust to promote organic and sustainable farming.
Paltinca said he is urging farmers to plant the regular corn varieties instead.
According to Paltinca, he noted a rise in the number of farmers coming to his office to request for corn seeds after harvest.
A common complaint among these farmers on high yielding corn hybrids is the difficulty to extract seeds for the next cropping season as the variety is easily attacked by pests.
Furthermore, the farmers are complaining that hybrid corn produce lesser volume of corn grits compared to other corn varieties.
The farmers were advised to grow corn using varieties that are resistant to heat and wind and with higher yield.
In Negros Oriental, around 70,000 hectares of land are planted to corn with some areas used for intercropping with coconut trees, said Paltinca. (PNA/JFP)