Former OFW In Love With Violeta Waxy Corn, Holds Harvest Festival, Sept. 24, 2016

George Edrada, a former OFW, now a full-time farmer, is in love with Violeta waxy corn.
George Edrada, a former OFW, now a full-time farmer, is in love with Violeta waxy corn.

A harvest festival featuring the new Violeta bicolor waxy corn was held in the farm of Jorge “George” Edrada in Brgy. Cauplasan, Santa Maria, Pangasinan on Sept. 24, 2016. The event was organized by Ramgo Seeds which distributes the seeds of the new bicolor corn.

Hasem Agauna, Ramgo's demo specialist, explains the fine points of Violeta before harvest festival attendees on Sept. 24, 2016 in Brgy. Cauplasan, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.
Hasem Agauna, Ramgo’s demo specialist, explains the fine points of Violeta before harvest festival attendees on Sept. 24, 2016 in Brgy. Cauplasan, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.

Hasem Agauna, demo specialist of Ramgo, and Ana de Grano, a Ramgo agriculture specialist, took turn in explaining the advantages of planting Violeta waxy corn. The new variety is prized for its excellent soft and waxy grains that consumers love. The ears are filled to the tip.The plant is of medium height which is an advantage because it is not easily blown down by strong winds.

Arielin Arevalo holding two ears of Violeta waxy corn.
Arielin Arevalo holding two ears of Violeta waxy corn.

The new variety can be planted throughout the year. What George does is to plant Violeta on a staggered basis, planting 5,000 square meters (half hectare) each time. The ears for boiling are harvestable in 65 to 70 days after planting. From each cropping, George says he can make a profit of at least P40,000. If the price is high because of low supply, the profit could be more.

George Edrada tells Ana de Grano that one of the things he likes about Violeta is that the ears are filled to the tip.
George Edrada tells Ana de Grano that one of the things he likes about Violeta is that the ears are filled to the tip.

Planting just a half hectare each time is manageable. The harvest can be easily absorbed by the market. If there is a surplus of the harvested corn, the traders may offer a low price. So there is also what is called quantity control in just the same way that there is quality control.

Em Mandanas, marketing coordinator of Ramgo, is all smiles as she shows an ear of Violeta waxy corn.
Em Mandanas, marketing coordinator of Ramgo, is all smiles as she shows an ear of Violeta waxy corn.

The event was attended by men and women farmers in Sta. Maria who were also able to taste the delicious Violeta waxy corn. Attending from the Quezon City headquarters of Ramgo were Ana de Grano, Em Mandanas and Arielin Arevalo. This blogger, Zac B. Sarian, was the only journalist who covered theevent.

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