Davao del Norte -Governor Edwin Jubahib is set to launch the massive sorghum production program of the province of Davao del Norte after getting tens of tons of hybrid sorghum seeds from a United States company.
Jubahib was part of a small delegation headed by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Emmanuel Piñol that forged a Memorandum of Agreement with Texas-based Scott Seed Corporation for the sorghum production in Davao del Norte and the Bangsamoro provinces.
The mission received P5 million worth of sorghum seeds from Coby Krieghauser, the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Scott Seeds Company, during ceremonies last December 17, 2019 held at the Philippine Consulate in Houston, Texas, US.
Piñol hailed the breakthrough deal as a game changer in the government’s anti-poverty drive.
“MinDA's Sorghum Development Program will be a game changer in the fight against rural poverty,” He said.
The official said the vessel carrying 25 metric tons of Sorghum seeds for Mindanao set sail from Galveston, Texas on the same day, and is expected to arrive in the Port of Davao in February next year.
MinDA identified Davao del Norte as a valued pilot area of its Sorghum Program after Jubahib committed over hundred thousands of hectares of idle lands for the planting of the protein-rich crop.
Jubahib allotted the unutilized Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) areas, particularly in the tribal town of Talaingod and the banana farms affected by Fusarium wilt for the program.
The governor sees a dramatic turn-around in the progress of indigenous people communities when the program starts in February.
“Kung makita nato nga moasinso ang pamuyo sa atong mga kaigsoonang Lumad, kini ang sukdanan sa tinuod nga pag-asenso sa mga lungsod ug tibuok lalawigan sa Davao del Norte (The progress of our IP communities is the gauge of the genuine development of the province),” he said.