Agriculture tests viability of Adlai in ZamboSunday, April 15, 2012 02:56 AM Views : 2557Felino M. Santos
ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 15 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is conducting research and trial planting of Adlai, a corn like plant that could serve as alternative food for farmers and other Filipinos at this time of a so-called economic crisis.
The trial planting of Adlai is being done at the "La Paz Experimental Station (LPES) of the Department's regional office under station superintendent Orlando 0. Telmo.
The station, located at barangay La Paz, some 40 kilometers from city hall, is in the hinterlands of the west coast of the city.
A report said the station was now on its second round of research on the different varieties of Adlai.
The station started its research on June 21, 2011. The first planting yielded a good harvest.
It found out that Adlai (COIX LACRYMA -JOBI L.) grows anywhere especially in the hilly land and considered as one of the staple food crops in the country and potentially good alternative to rice and corn.
The plant is tolerant to pests and diseases and resilient to drought and flood. One round of soil clearing or weeding is enough and does not require chemical synthetic fertilizer application.
The plants are harvested from 4 to 5 months after sowing.
The project is being supervised directly by Agriculture regional director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy, Agriculture Cluster I Superintendent Ernesto Oilier and La Paz station chief Telmo.
Adlai so far is already being cultivated in India, Vietnam, Japan, Korea South Asia and Northern Asia and other parts of the world.
Moreover, Adlai i is a freely branching upright herb that grows as tall as 3 feet and propagates through seeds.The plant looks like a miniature version of a corn plant.
A research report said the plant known also as Job's tears due to the tears-like-shape of its grains which come as white or brown and belongs to the family POACEAE or grasses, the same family to which wheat, corn, and rice belongs. Adlai is at least 50 percent starch, 14 percent protein, and only 6 percent fat.
Adlai is pounded, threshed and winnowed as a cereal. The pounded Adlai is sometimes mixed with water like barley and some turn it into a sweet dish by frying and coating it with sugar. It also boiled and eaten in the same manner as rice.
Grains are also used in soups and broths. In the southern part of Vietnam, Adlai is the main ingredient for "SAM BO BOUUNG", a sweet and cold soup.
Adlai grains are also made into beer and wine. Aged vinegar is also made out of it in Japan, YULMA CHA or Job's tear tea is a thick drink in Korea made from powdered Adlai.
As far as the plant is concerned, it has minimal cost of production as it requires simple land preparation in plant but the farmers harvest 3 to 5 times.
There are also reports that Adlai can be applied as treatment to abscess, anodyne, anthrax, appendicitis, arthritis, beriberi, bronchitis, catarrh, diabetes, dysentery, dysuri, edema, fever, goiter, halitosis, hydrothoroax, metroxenia, phitisis, pleurise, pneremoria, puerporium, reumatism, smallpox, splenitis, strangury, tenesmus, and worms. (PNA)