To help farmers attain optimum yield and higher income through the production of yellow corn, the Department of Agriculture in SOCCSKSARGEN Region conducted a two-day Corn Derby Harvest Festival in Brgy. Concepcion, Koronadal City.

Dr. Jocelyn Torres, who represented Regional Executive Director Milagros Casis, said through this activity the farmers will be given valuable information in choosing the varieties they plant and in promoting the hybrid yellow corn production in the region.

"We still import corn from other countries because the demand for yellow corn in the market is very high as it is one of the main ingredients of livestock feeds," she said.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority noted that Region 12 has a total 1,002,403 metric tons of hybrid yellow corn production making it the second largest producer in the country next only to Cagayan Valley (region 2).

The activity also showcased the best hybrid corn seeds and technologies of the participating private seed companies.