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DSC 9619Ready-to-harvest ABS 763 variety of sorghum. ### Image by Michael John Galivo, RAFIS-MIMAROPA.

The Department of Agriculture pushes to relive the production of sorghum as support to the growing poultry and livestock industry. Known as the “camel of crops”, sorghum is a drought-tolerant, hardy, easy-to-propagate and rich in protein crop which can be used as an alternative raw ingredient for animal feeds.

Seeing its potential as the next smart crop, former Secretary Emmanuel Pinol created a program called the National Sorghum Development Program. As among its initial measures of promotion, DA established demo-farms all over the region as a learning site for those who are interested.

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IMG 5922The 37.5 has. field demo site was officially opened through a ribbon-cutting ceremony. ### Photo by Paulo Emmanuel Ajose, RAFIS, DA-MIMAROPA

Oriental Mindoro has always been in the top 20 rice-producing provinces in the country, while the City of Calapan, its capital town, has been recognized as among the outstanding cities in the Rice Achievers Awards this 2018 because of its significant contribution to the country’s rice production.

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