CABANGLASAN, BUKIDNON. Mayor Renante Inocando of this town recently expressed commitment to support the promotion, production and utilization of Adlay, a rice-like indigenous cereal crop which is seen with potentials to actually substitute rice.
In a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the rural development action plan and project (RDAPP) entitled – Institutional Mobilization and Industry Cluster Organization of Adlay Stakeholders for Food Security and Agri-Enterprise Development, the Cabanglasan Chief looks at further empowering his farming constituents and communities thru the establishment of Adlay-based agricultural production areas in the municipality.
Cabanglasan, which is a major corn production municipality in the province of Bukidnon, is seen as a viable area for Adlay production.
“We are opening doors for more Adlay production endeavors especially for our lumad farmers,” Inocando said. Adlay may not be as popular compared to rice and corn, but it has high potential as an additional Filipino staple food crop. He further cited the health and nutritional benefits of Adlay which may be used as substitute of rice in preparing traditional household recipes such as Champorado, or Adlay caldo, and as snack servings in feeding programs for youngschoolers and charity events. Also, the production of Adlay wine and breakfast cereal is also eyed as a potential business endeavor for rural entrepreneurs.
In line with the promotion of Adlay as a staple food and commercial crop, Municipal Agriculturist Anita Macabugto is integrating the production and utilization of Adlay in the Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan which includes, among others, advocacy activities at the barangay and household level. Thru the support of the DA, more Adlay technology demonstration areas are expected to soon be established in Cabanglasan to further encourage its utilization as a food and commercial crop. The DTI has also commitment to support farmers in linking their Adlay and Adlay-based products to more markets.
“We are encouraging the serving of Adlay, aside from rice, in food service industries – carenderias, canteens and cafeterias. This will promote Adlay and further ensure sustained demand for its utilization as a rice alternative not only in the households, but also in cafeteria businesses,” Macabugto said.
In support to the Research and Development programs and RDAPP on Adlay, DA-10 Research Division Chief and National Adlay Technical Working Group (TWG) Chair has also committed the conduct of a series of information, education and communication (IEC) activities for the pipelined Region-10 Adlay Awareness Month this September 2017 which will highlight Adlay’s importance in attaining food security and in opening Adlay-based sustainable livelihood and development of enterprises in the countryside. The RDAPP has lined-up sub-events to include campaigns for the public, Adlay producers and policy-makers; poster-making, Adlay recipe-making contests, among other activities for the month-long Adlay awareness activities on September.
A briefing-training on Adlay and processing of Adlay products will be conducted on the first week of March for the DA-organized Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) farmers and rural women in Cabanglasan. Other institutional stakeholders of the RDAPP on Adlay include the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC), business groups and partner LGUs in Northern Mindanao. (#MAE ODIMYRL ABARABAR-MORALES, DA-10)
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