GENERAL SANTOS CITY (12 November 2014) – The local government of General Santos City is eyeing a 100-hectare land as the site for its agricultural development.
The property which is located in far-flung Purok 15, Barangay Mabuhay is owned by the Manero family.
Edel Manero, one of the heads of the clan, said that he is “willing to let his land be used by the government so that agricultural development will soon take place.”
Because of this, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 12, created a project that would utilize the waived land as a major site for white corn production.
The program is aligned with the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture which seeks to meet the food needs of the Philippines, particularly for staple food, and make them nutritious and affordable for the residents of General Santos.
Aside from Barangay Mabuhay, agriculture departement and the LGU-GSC are also eyeing to develop the lands of San Jose, Tinagacan, and Upper Labay for white corn production.
According to the Department of Science and Technology, white corn is next to rice when it comes to the potential source of staple food in the Philippines.
As much as 20% of the population eats corn rice as staple food. (Gensan CPIO/Ian John M. Lagare)