Plant flood-friendly rice varieties, says PhilRice
As the La Nina draws near, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) advised farmers to plant rice that can withstand flooding and stronger winds.
Dr. Norvie Manigbas, head of PhilRice’s Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, said rice varieties which stand at most 100 cm and with strong stems that can withstand 40-60 kph wind speed are a shoo-in.
She said some of them are PSB Rc14, Rc68, NSIC Rc9, and Rc222.
“Rainfed areas are also prone to flooding. The varieties suited for this condition are PSB Rc18 (Ala), which can withstand 5-7 days of complete submergence, NSIC Rc194 (Submarino 1), which can survive, grow, and develop even after 10-14 days of complete submergence, and PSB Rc68 (Sacobia), a submergence-tolerant and a drought-resistant variety,” Manigbas said.
She said the rice varieties have yields ranging from 3.5 tons to 10 tons per hectare and can recover when submerged during their vegetative stage.
Manigbas said farmers should also apply less fertilizer by 20-30 percent because it may cause lodging.
She said land should already be prepared so that direct seeding can be done when the rains come, and germination could be faster.
She also advised the repair of irrigation systems.