DA turns over seed warehouse to PhilRice
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Regional Field Office 5 has recently turned over to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) the seed warehouse it funded and built in Bicol.
PhilRice Bicol branch director Victoria Lapitan said the facility will help the station produce high-quality seeds and to make them fully available for the rice farmers.
”The use of quality seeds is necessary to ensure high productivity and profitability among farmers. However, accessibility and availability of these seeds are limited owing to the absence of proper storage,” she said.
The facility will also help the station to achieve its commitment to the National Rice Program of maintaining about 65 hectares of seed production on foundation and certified seeds.
The turnover ceremony was held as part of PhilRice Bicol’s 7th Founding Anniversary.