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Soybean industry in Region 2 prospers

20161201 144009In the early 90’s the Cagayan Valley Region cultivated almost 500 hectares of soybean, but this did not prosper due to poor appreciation of the crop. In 2011, through the launching of the Soybean Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the soybean industry in the region was revitalized.

Through the strong collaboration of the DA-High Value Crops Development Program, Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), headed by Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, and DA-Cagayan Valley Research Center (CVRC), led by Ms. Rose Mary G. Aquino, the promise of a blooming future for soybean production was slowly realized.

From almost zero in the beginning of 2011, the Cagayan Valley Region has now a total of 1,750 hectares (cumulative production areas) of soybean production area. This can be attributed to the growing appreciation of farmers who utilize soybean grains into quality raw materials for food i.e., milk and sapal-based products. This led to an improved consumption and nutrition in-take that eventually, became a reliable source of income generating activities.

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In 2015-2016, further promotion of soybean production and utilization was conducted. Potential farming areas and farming communities that showed interest on soybean seeds, food, and feed business enterprise and local consumptions were the primary clients of the agency for this program.

The Bacnor East Soya Farmers Association is one of the successful beneficiaries of the soybean program. Mr. Cancio Balais, production manager of the association sought the assistance of DA-CVRC. True to its mission on helping farmers, DA-CVRC provided every ounce of knowledge and effort by conducting technology demonstration trials on soybean as an intercrop to mango and calamansi and established soybean as a crop rotation to corn in Burgos, Isabela. To disseminate the introduced technology to farmers and other stakeholders a field day was also conducted.

The association is now supplying the soybean demand of Santiago City, Public Market (1,500 kgs/month) and Dondonayo’s Enterprise in Alicia, Isabela (1,500 kgs/month). Mr. Kim Whan II, a Korean entrepreneur engaged in the production of soybean sprout is also a client of the association. Sprouted soybean is distributed to Korean Hotels and Restaurants in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The Bacnor East Soya Farmer’s Association made a difference as it serves as an instrument to DA-CVRC to fully achieve its long term goal on soybean production—making soybean a hero not only for the association but for the whole Cagayan Valley Region. More importantly, through the association, CVRC was able to accomplish its main objective, the reason why it was established, which is to create a difference for the people, by the people, and with the people. ###