Rc 222 boosts farmers’ yield by 20 cavans
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said that by planting NSIC Rc 222, a variety bred by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) released a few years ago, several farmers in the country have already achieved success in farming.
To be specific, Rc 222 yields an average of 6.1 tons and maximum of 10 tons per hectare.
PhilRice said that some farmers are already benefitting from Rc 222’s high yielding capacity as they were able to harvest 100 cavans twice and 120 cavans in her half a hectare farm.
This variety also has intermediate resistance to pest and diseases.
According to Magiting Garcia, a farmer who tried Rc 222 and a science research analyst at Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division of PhilRice, this variety is also adapted to multi-stress; performing well in different rice environments such as rain-fed, submerged, and saline (concentration of salt dissolved in water) areas.
Carmelita Guttierez, who manages a half-hectare rice field, also observed, as cited by PhilRice, that Rc 222’s rice grain is heavier than other the varieties’ so they get the most out of every grain when they sell their yield.
“We, farmers, are after the yield. Higher yield equates to higher income. Rc 222 gives us that. I never experienced bankruptcy in planting this variety. I hope that my fellow farmers will try it too,” said Guttierez.