Improved seed distributed in el campo
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Seasonal farmers can harvest up to 500 kilos of beans if they know how to take advantage of the rainfall and use improved seed.
Although the National Water Commission had predicted that in 2014 the rainy season would start on May 15, it started almost a month later, at least in the city, and will conclude in November. To support the production of farmers who do not have wells with potable water for irrigating their crops and to take advantage of the rainfall for seeding and producing grains for basic consumption, the local administration has handed over 715 twenty kilo sacks of improved corn and bean seed to producers from 90 communities.
Inhabitants of the rural communities of San Marcos de Begoña and La Huerta gathered in the latter, which is located between San Miguel de Allende and the municipality of Comonfort to receive the improved seeds. Among the attendants was José Cruz López, from San Marcos, who last year received a 20-kilo sack of bean seed. López commented that he planted the seed, and he harvested: “Without measuring it, I calculate that I got 500 kilos.” He added that he shared the harvest with his relatives and still has some kilos left. This year, he received seed again and commented that he will plant it after July 10 because the soil will then have received all the nutrients from the rainfall and will be a little drier, which is a better condition for seeding.
Alexis Alan López said that his parents own four hectares at La Huerta. Since they knew they would receive seed, they did not plant the fourth one. He commented that last year they planted beans, but they did not harvest more than two sacks of seed from the four hectares. “It was a bad year,” he commented. This year, they will plant the Cafime seed and if it is good, they hope to be beneficiaries next year.
Doña María Elena León from La Huerta, who did not receive bean or corn seed last year, said that she and her husband got more than 140 sacks of corncob from the four hectares they had planted with corn.
One of the other farmers who planted since the first rains, Pedro Moya from San Marcos, said, “I will plant this seed next year if I live, and if I don´t, then those who are alive will do it.”
The director of Urban Development, Martín Salgado Cacho, said that this is the best brand of seed and very resistant to bad weather.
The Cafime corn is the first variety of seed adapted to the weather conditions for central Mexico. It is resistant to the lack of water and can produce more than 1.9 tons of grain and 4.5 tons of stubble after 121 days. It is advisable to plant 15 kilos of corn per hectare.