DA engages seed growers, LGUs for a more robust rice seed system in Bicol
To improve farmers’ access to high quality seeds, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 5, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and the National Seed Quality Control Services joined forces to harmonize and strengthen the rice seed production system in the Bicol region.
In a consultation meeting with over 80 rice seed growers, Seed Net members, provincial rice program coordinators, seed coordinators and seed inspectors, and the three government offices laid down the rice seed production and distribution workplan for the region for 2018.
Director Victoria S. Lapitan of PhilRice Bicol said that for the first semester 2018, the national Rice Program targets have a total rice planting area of 1.95 million hectares, of which 360,752 will be allotted for hybrid and 1,594,608 will be for certified seeds (high quality seeds/inbred).
Giving farmers more access to high quality seeds is one of the formulas for a higher productivity and profitability in rice production.
Lapitan then appealed to the rice seed growers and seednet members of every province to intensify the production of PhilRice recommended varieties and those preferred by the seed growers and farmers.