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DA-SAAD ensures capital formation to Cotabato hybrid corn growers

About Masagana Farmer’s Association

The Masagana Farmer’s Association (MFA), established in March 2022, is composed of corn farmers (20) in barangay Barangiran, Alamada, Cotabato. They mostly rely on hybrid corn cultivation as their source of income, each with one-hectare production area.

To sustain their livelihood, they borrow funds to purchase production inputs from local cooperatives and traders with an agreed interest of up to 10%. In this system, the farmer usually is left with money just enough to make ends meet, while they remain in debt to provide for extra needs.

Prior to their inclusion in the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, these corn farmers organized as one association and was endorsed by their local government unit (LGU) to receive the program’s Hybrid Corn with Vegetable Production and Postharvest Support Project worth Php 649,999.60.

Project implementation

Project inputs provided to the group include 40 bags of hybrid corn seeds (good for one cropping) corn sheller, and corn mill, simultaneously distributed in March, June, and July.

The MFA members promptly planted the maize seeds upon receipt, and after nearly four months, in July 2022, the group harvested the crop listing 1,036 sacks of corn cobs – equivalent to 88,401 kilograms (kg). Corn cobs are valued in the market at Php 21-22/kg. With this, they earned a gross income of Php 2,146,654.50, where each member received Php 107,000.

After deducting their expenses from operations and maintenance, these individuals had an average take-home of Php 47,300 (Table 1).

Table 1. MFA’s consolidated income from hybrid corn production

Members No. of Sacks Harvested Total Harvest
(kg)
Price
(kg)
Gross Income
(Php)
Total Expenses
(Php)
Net Income
(Php)
Leopoldo Empleo 48 4,560 21.00 95,760.00 49,750.00 46,010.00
Rosalie Dela Serna 50 4,900 21.50 105,350.00 51,000.00 54,350.00
Jean Devepeña 50 4, 680 21.50 99,975.00 49,750.00 50,225.00
Dante Dela Serna 49 4,655 21.50 100,082.50 49,800.00 50,225.50
Aileen Carcillar 55 4,560 21.50 98,040.00 54,300.00 43,743.00
Susan Ansenia 54 5,346 22.00 117,612.00 52,000.00 65,612.00
Marlo Roquero 48 4,464 21.50 95,976.00 51,500.00 44,476.00
Allan Samillano 49 4,704 21.50 101,136.00 52,300.00 48,836.00
Edison Plaina 50 4,750 21.50 152,125.00 52,100.00 50,025.00
Merlyn Tobias 51 4,845 21.50 104,167.00 52,500.00 51, 667.50
Roselyn Mariano 60 5,580 21.00 117,180.00 55,000.00 62,180.00
Richard Roquero 50 4,500 21.00 94,500.00 53,000.00 41,500.00
Michelle Perante 55 5,335 21.50 114,702.00 53,200.00 61,502.50
Alfred Devedina 47 4,465 21.50 95,997.50 52,800.00 43,197.50
Arlene Fuentes 52 4,940 21.50 106,210.00 53,000.00 53,210.00
Jinelyn Cabangal 50 4,750 21.50 102,125.00 53,950.00 48,225.00
Elvie Nocillar 58 5, 684 21.50 122,206.00 55,000.00 67,206.00
Jocelyn Cagud 51 5,692 21.50 100,878.00 54,000.00 46,878.00
Ariel Gonsales 53 5,035 21.50 108,252.50 54,000.00 54,252.50
Reynold Roquero 56 5,320 21.50 114,380.00 55,800.00 58,580.00
Total 1,036 88,401   2,146,654.50 1,000,450.00 946,491.00

With the current status of their production, the group members no longer rely on borrowing money to pay for their purchases of fertilizer and seeds. They also managed to set aside 20% of their yield for food consumption.

Tatay Leopoldo Empleo, MFA president, shared how the project financially helped his family.

“Malipayon kayo mi tanang miyembro sa asosasyon, tungod sa kadako sa blessing sa Ginoo nga iyahang gihatag sa amoa pinaagi sa SAAD. Tungod sa hinabang gikan sa SAAD, kami nga mga miyembro sa asosasyon naka-angkon og ingon ani kadako nga kita. Unta daghan pa mo matabangan nga mga mang-uuma nga naglisod sa kinabuhi, pareha namo,” said Tatay Empleo.

(All of us members of the association are very happy because of this big blessing from God through SAAD. Because of the assistance from SAAD, we were able to earn a high income. We hope that you will assist more struggling farmers like us).

Sustainability effort

For sustainability, each member is required to return Php 1,000 to the group for each cropping cycle. The money shall go to their savings to pay for the establishment of a machinery shed and to purchase maize seeds and fertilizer for the next cropping. ###

 

 

Writer: Jennifer A. Valcobero, DA-SAAD NPMO Information Officer
Source: Aisa L. Tina, DA-SAAD 12 Information Officer

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