Good farm practices urged for corn farmers

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) believes that the adoption of good agricultural practices (GAP) can help corn farmers increase their productivity and income, which will in turn help the government prompt more corn farmers to get crop insurance.

To validate that point, Searca is undertaking the study “Improving the Corn Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change” to analyze how GAP adoption among corn farmers can be implemented to complement the agricultural insurance system in the Philippines. The project is led by Dr. Jose Yorobe Jr., associate professor from the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. The study covers top corn producing provinces: Pangasinan (Alcala and Bayambang); Isabela (Cauayan City and Ilagan) and Bukidnon (Malaybalay City and Don Carlos).

“This project will also encourage corn farmers to adopt GAP, which can eventually be a tool to help increase production of this important crop,” said Searca Director Gil Saguiguit Jr.

Searca said that with the study, corresponding policy directions to enhance adoption of GAP and strengthen agricultural insurance programs could be identified and recommended. The strengthened implementation of GAP in their farms could lead to an increase in productivity and income. Analysis of the study could be used by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. to improve traditional agricultural and weather-based insurance systems, for a better program package that will entice farmers to avail of insurance.

“Risk management largely depends on the optimal combination of technical and financial tools. One of the best ways to achieve this is to strengthen the competence of Filipino farmers on good agricultural practices and enhance their potential to contribute in improving and strengthening agricultural insurance programs,” Saguiguit said.

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