Luna, Apayao, April 28, 1998 - The Apayao River is drying up and the rains have not fallen but the farms in Apayao remain productive. The newest province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has survived the El Nino's wrath by planting drought-resistant yellow corn.
Elizabeth Verzola, assistant regional director of the Department of Agriculture in the Cordillera, identified the corn variety as Hybrid Corn World 108, which can withstand rainless days and still yield delicious yellow corn.
The hybrid remained green while traditional corn varieties shrivelled all around the 300-hectare portion of the 440-hectare experimental farm of the agriculture department's Outreach Station.
The Outreach station, 148 meters above sea level, had earlier been successful in introducing to the Cordilleras high-yielding, high-value non-traditional fruit trees, like Marang and Rambutan.
The area has also been experimenting with imported cows and goats to pinpoint which variety can withstand the lowland heat of Apayao, some 350 kilometers northeast of Baguio City.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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