7 seed firms participate in Hybrid Rice field day
Seven seed companies joined the Hybrid rice field day held in barangay Blancia, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur to showcase different hybrid rice varieties that is suitable in the region.
More than 1,000 farmers were invited all over the region to witness the harvest and participate in the techno briefing and forum.
The activity aims to promote hybrid rice to farmers and see for themselves the benefits in planting hybrid rice as to its yield per hectare compared to inbred rice.
Reynaldo Campomanes, Field Operations Chief of the Department of Agriculture IX (DA), said that this activity will give better impact to farmers to adopt hybrid rice.
He further said that “the retention capacity on teaching and training farmers is only 10 percent but when this is coupled with a learning experience, retention increases to 30 percent. That’s why techno demos are very much effective. Each farmer will have the opportunity to know, learn and adopt.”
Assistant Regional Director Maria Melba B. Wee also encouraged farmers to plant hybrid rice to increase farmer’s production.
She even said that it’s about time for farmers to become businessman. They can consolidate their produce and sell it to offices through its cooperative.