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White Corn:to solve food shortage & to curb the cases of diabetes

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QueenBee

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By Anna Valmero

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is
funding a seed production program for white corn to enhance food
security and help reduce the cases of diabetes in the country.
The Institute of Plant Breeding at the University of the Philippines
Los Baños (UPLB) produced the high-yielding “IPB Var 6” white corn,
which is “nearly comparable to commercial white corn hybrid,” said Dr.
Artemio M. Salazar, deputy director and network head of the National
Corn RDE (Research, Development, and Extension) Network.
White corn could become an alternative staple food to those living in
upland areas since growing corn is easier than irrigation-intensive
rice and it will curb the cases of diabetes among urban dwellers, said
Salazar.
Compared to white rice, white corn has low glycemic index (GI), which
means white corn takes slower to digest and it releases glucose
gradually into the blood stream, thus lessening the risk of diabetes. It
is also rich in protein, lysine, tryptophan, fiber and antioxidants.
“This is the perfect food for diabetics,” Salazar said.
At present, one in five Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao eat white
corn as their staple food so there is still need to educate the public
about its health benefits and why it is a better alternative to white
rice, he added.
“By introducing an alternative to the market, we can lower the demand
for rice. We can definitely grow white corn with more yield and at
cheaper costs so we would no longer have to import rice,” he said.
Based on the national corn testing, the IPB Var 6 yields an average
of 5.84 metric tons (MT) per hectare in Luzon; in Visayas, 5.45 MT per
hectare, and in Mindanao, 4.47 MT per hectare.
Under phase one of the project, the DA released P15 million for the
seed production program under which a total of 10,000 bags (180,000
kilos) of white corn was produced, each bag containing 18 kilos. The
second phase, funded with P25 million, produced about 22,000 bags or 396
kilos of white corn.
Half of these seeds produced have been distributed to DA’s regional
offices while the UPLB institute will produce foundation white corn
seeds to propagate the corn in other regions.
DA will release P7 million annually over the next five years for continuing seed production.
“You don’t need capital-intensive irrigation facilities because corn
grows where ever there is rain. The only other thing we have to provide
those in uplands who have not much to eat is the corn mill,” Salazar
said.
Salazar said the UPLB also developed a mobile mini corn mill which
costs around P100,000, which is far cheaper than high capacity machines
worth millions of pesos.
This “corn mill for the barrio” can process 100 kilos of corn grains
per hour and in eight hours, it can produce enough food for 1,000 people
in the barrio, assuming consumption of 300 grams a day.
The UPLB is coordinating with the DA and other local government units
for the fabrication of the mini corn mill. For inquiries, contact Dr.
Salazar at 0918-905-4369 and Ana Gabatin at 0919-245-8140.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/white-corn-produced-uplb-touted-solve-food-shortage-061008950.html


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Abel

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mao diay mga briton hilig sa maiz

QueenBee

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mao ba sir? mag-back to basic na jud ta ani..mais, kamote & saging..


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nagdako man ko ug mais puti...pero sauna ambot til man ata kron ug MAIS ANG kan on pobre ntawon pero pg abot naq hskul CLASM8 naq mom n dad twag la gnkanan pgkaon nila MAIS...frm dat on Im proud ngdako ko sa MAIS ang kinaon..★★★
Kaya oks lng ko ana.

QueenBee

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mao jud spy no? daghan jud misleading nga mga butang...daghan nagtuo nga og humay kan-on sikat, dato na unja og mais, uyamot jud..unya karon, mas dako diay benefits ang mais..ako pud, mais man pud mi sa una kay jamo man irrigation sa amo-a, tagsa ra maka-basak, daghan gani basakan gihimong maisan..daghan lang pud gaka-arte na karong panahona, labi na mga batan-on, di na kaila og mais..mauwaw magbawon og mais sa eskwelahan..ako, malipay ko og mauhon man galing, dapat i-promote og tarong ni kay aron maka-benefits pud mga farmers sa bukid...hayy, kawawa atong mga farmers uy, sige ra ta pang-import..unsaon ba pud pagkadaghan sa ilang anihon nga kickback kon man tawon agri funds..unja sige'g pang-import nga naa man ta'y potentials nga mo-produce sa atong kan-on..mga exporters ang naajohan, ang atong mga farmers, makalolooy! Jamo'y suporta, jamo'y pundo..


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spy_lass4

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dakong check na mahal n reyna,..

aldheqsUAE

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kalami anang mais ah..bulingbulingan ug sabaw sa humba....hahaha or inun-on....

spy_lass4

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bahaw ray katapat...

babytwist

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ganahan kog mais bsta LUGAWON..pertiii kalami

KitKitty

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sarap ng mais kanang nilung-ag.,butangan dayon ug margarine.Sarap!

QueenBee

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aldheqsUAE wrote:kalami anang mais ah..bulingbulingan ug sabaw sa humba....hahaha or inun-on....

sosyalan pud, humba man jud..hehehe..di lagi ma-diabetes sa mais pero ga-humbang baboy man pud...wahahaha...


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nyahahaha..gmingaw na ug humba mam...

QueenBee

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mao jud siguro,,padad-i diha'g humba sw33tie..


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pwde mam bsta MOREQUEST kaso bsin pait n inig abot Dubai.. Laughing

QueenBee

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unsa diay na imong ipada spy? humbang palija? Razz Razz Razz


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nyahahahaha.....murag ana mam..! Laughing

QueenBee

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hahaha..bantog kay wa motingog ang padad-an..


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hiding mode cguro..

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