(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 24 September 2021) Easterlies affecting Luzon. Localized thunderstorms affecting Mindanao. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL STORM MINDULLE (2116) LOCATION: 1,890 KM EAST OF SOUTHERN LUZON (14.2°N, 141.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 85 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 105 KM/H MOVEMENT: WEST NORTHWEST AT 20 KM/H Caraga Region will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sorghum farming: A promising crop in Caraga Region

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- Seeing the potential of sorghum for additional income of the farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga is now embarking on the initial campaign for the farmers to plant the new commodity.

Through field demonstrations, DA-Caraga showcased the potential production, yield, and adaptability of sorghum in the region.

Since 2020, DA-Caraga had already conducted various activities to promote the crop through the establishment of eight sorghum technology demonstrations (techno demo), of which the latest is the conduct of the field day in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur last August 13.

“Our techno demos were conducted in corn cluster areas since sorghum is one of the commodities under the corn program. Farmer cooperators were provided with seeds and inputs, as well as technical training,” said Regional Corn Program Coordinator Melody Guimary.

In Tagbina’s Field Day, the proprietor of AMCB Enterprises of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur attended personally and shared that his company will is in need of sorghum. The company requires around 6,000 kilograms of sorghum per month with a current buying price of P16.00 - P17.00 for dried sorghum grains.

“If Caraga Region can supply sorghum, we are willing to patronize our local farmer’s produce rather than importing it from other countries,” he emphasized.

Farm management of sorghum is much the same as corn farming, but farmers may harvest twice through the ratoon cropping or the cultivation of crop growth after harvest.

Sorghum is a kind of plant that belongs to the grass family. Some of its species are grown as cereals for human consumption and some in pastures for animals. (Aurelius Arais, DA13-RAFIS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)