Corteva Agriscience distributes free seeds to Filipino farmers
Multinational agriculture company Corteva Agriscience distributed rice and corn seeds to 2,000 farmers across the Philippines in a bid to help the Philippine government to execute its “Plant, Plant, Plant” program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This contribution of seeds should result in approximately P80 million gross revenue for rural farming communities and additional yields of up to 3,750 metric tons of corn and 1,800 metric tons of rice, the company said.
“At this crucial time, we need to avoid a food crisis by ensuring the continuity of the food supply chain. As our health officials lead the fight against COVID-19, we see it as our duty as a leading agriculture company to support the fight against the threat of hunger,” Arun Mittal, Corteva Agriscience Country Director for the Philippines, said.
Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which commenced in mid-March, Corteva said it has worked diligently to ensure safe and continuous operations of its Luzon and Mindanao facilities, including its research and development stations.
These facilities continue to supply high-quality hybrid rice and corn seeds to Filipino farmers.