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Anihan ng Mais sa Panahon ng Pandemya

8 August 2020, Lumbang, Lipa, Batangas A sorter sacks to a close of 70-85 kilos newly harvested earcorns which cost around 1,200pesos at farmgate price . Late part of July to the whole of August is Corn Harvesting Season for Batangas Famers where a hectare of white corn yields 2.2-2.5 metric tons with a farmgate cost of 15-25pesos per kilo.

PhotoDocumentaryo ni Joel Mataro

Kapag ganireng tag-ulan ay siguradong mapapaibig ka sa bagong pitas na mais. Amoy pa lang ng nilagang mais ay pangita na. Nitong panahon ng pandemya, habang ang lahat ay nasa bahay at naka-lockdown, ay pinili ng mga magsasaka na magpunta sa mga kabukiran at magtanim ng mais. Kanya itong inalagaan, diniligan at binabalikbalikan, hindi inaalintana kung may virus man ang kapaligiran.  At makaraan ng ilang buwan, nagbunga din ang pinaghirapan at eto na nga, anihan na ng mais. 

Ang mais ay isang vital produce. Pangunahin to na pinagmumulan sa mahabang food chain ng industriya ng pagkain at pag-gawa. Mula sa mais ang pakain mula manok, baboy, baka at iba pa. Mais din ang ginagamit sa pag-gawa ng harina at almirol, isama mo na ang ibang sweeteners, corn oil, beverage, maging ang industrial alcohol at fuel ethanol. At sa panahon ng pandemya, importante to kase ito ang ginagamit para makagawa ng Grain Alcohol- ang likidong ginagamit nating disinfectant.

Kaya lang, kawawang magsasaka, bumababa ngayon ang presyo ng mais.  Ayon sa Philippine Statistics Authority sa kanilang weekly, dated 24 July 2020 Update report on Corn na:

“Farmgate price of yellow corn grain remains stable while that of white corn grain declines this week This week’s average farmgate price of yellow corn grain remained at PhP 12.82/kg. However, relative to its price level of PhP 13.98/kg in the same period of the previous year, it dropped further at an annual rate of 8.3 percent.  Meanwhile, the average farmgate price of white corn grain decreased to PhP 14.05/kg or by 0.4 percent during the week, from its previous week’s level of PhP 14.11/kg. Similarly, it declined further at an annual rate of 12.7 percent from its level of PhP 16.09/kg during the same period of the previous year “

Siya nga, dahil ang isang sakong puno at siksik at ng bagong pitas na puting mais, na tumitimbang humigit-kumulang na 70- hanggang 85 kilos ay nagkakahalaga ng Php1,200 pesos sa kabukiran,  nangangahulugang ito ay nabibili ng 14-17 pesos per kilo ng may balat pa.

Kapag dating sa pamilihang bayan, mataas na ngayon ng halaga ng dilaw at puting mais. Sabi ng PSA :

“Prices at both wholesale and retail trades of yellow corn grain continue to move upward this week The average wholesale price of yellow corn grain climbed to PhP 21.12/kg or by 0.2 percent during the week, from its previous week’s level of PhP 21.07/kg. Similarly, it accelerated at an annual rate of 15.7 percent relative to its average price of PhP 18.26/kg in the same week of the previous year.

The wholesale price of white corn grain drops while its retail price picks up during the week The average wholesale price of white corn grain this week dipped to PhP 17.00/kg or by 0.8 percent this week, from its level of PhP 17.13/kg in the previous week. Likewise, it went down further at an annual rate of 7.3 percent, from its level of PhP 18.33/kg during the same period of the previous year. On the other hand, the average retail price of white corn grain rose to PhP 28.20/kg or by 0.4 percent during the period, compared with its previous week’s level of Php 28.10/kg. Meanwhile, from its price level of PhP 27.15/kg in the same period of the previous year, its annual rate increased by 3.9 percent.

Mababa ang pagbili ng bultuhang mamimili at napakataas naman kung ibebenta ng isahan. Kaya naman ang ibang may sariling mais, minabuti ng ibenta sa kalsada ang ang kanilang mais. Medyo matagal pero mas malaki ang halaga.

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Edison Manalo is the Lead Editor of WOWBatangas.

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