Fusarium-affected banana farmers in Davao gets seeds
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Emmanuel Piñol said the Davao del Norte Cavendish banana farmers whose farms were destroyed by the dreaded Fusarium Wilt or Panama Disease will get free sorghum seeds.
Piñol said the seeds, which will be enough to cover 400 hectares of plantation, arrived this week after a month-long voyage from Galveston, Texas to the Davao City Port and are now kept in an area designated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region XI.
The 4-metric tons of hybrid Sorghum Seeds are part of the 11.2-metric ton donation of Scott Seed, Co., a Texas-based seed production company, to MinDA.
The remaining seeds will be distributed to other local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao, including Taraka, Lanao del Sur, the model town for rural development designated by MinDA.
The Sorghum Development Program is part of the economic advocacy of MinDA to support livestock and poultry production and the raising of Cattle, Goats and Sheep.
Sorghum, which could also be processed as porridge for human consumption, is an African grass which produces seeds high in protein for animal feeds.