Program for inbred, hybrid rice varieties benefit Guagua farmers-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
GUAGUA -- Farmers here are now benefitting from the program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that promotes the use of inbred and hybrid rice varieties that can adapt to distinct soil conditions in the province and produce better yield.
The DA presented its programs to farmers of Guagua, Sta. Rita and Porac towns during a discussion event held in Barangay Ebus here. The event was attended by some 80 farmers and local Barangay Agriculture and Fishery Council officers.
The event highlighted the benefits of understanding soil conditions and characteristics of palay seed varieties during cropping seasons. The farmers were also given reports on various palay seeds tested in the area. Currently, hybrid palay is planted in selected areas in Barangay Ebus and the DA is encouraging its further use in the area.
Governor Lilia Pineda expressed optimism in the program, adding that the local government is ready to help farmers through support programs to be able to plant palay more efficiently and gain better yield.
According to DA regional director Andrew Villacorta, there are palay varieties now that thrive even in flooded and irrigated areas. He added that theses varieties also produce better yield and can be used in many areas of the province depending on soil conditions.
The DA has been encouraging farmers from Central Luzon to use the various hybrid rice seeds available to them so they could see for themselves the benefits of cultivating superior genetic materials.
To further promote hybrid rice, the program, through the DA regional offices, National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Local Government Units, and private seed companies, conduct technology demonstrations “to satisfy the farmers’ ‘to see is to believe’ motto when it comes to adopting new technologies.”
Guagua town is among the areas that have been selected as demonstration areas for the strength of hybrid seeds.
Since 2001, the program on use of hybrid seeds has focused its efforts on the expansion of hybrid areas. Hybrid rice yields at least 15 percent more produce than certified seeds. Based on reports, hybrid rice varieties have recorded a yield advantage of 33 percent more than those of inbred certified seeds.
Meanwhile, the DA here advised farmers to consider the specific qualities of palay seeds when planting and correlate these with their respective soil conditions. The DA said that hybrid rice production is undoubtedly a great help in the rice self sufficiency program of the government.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 01, 2013.