The Department of Agriculture (DA), Iloilo City announced some 6,700 bags of rice certified seeds (CS) for farmers in Western Visayas are ready for distribution.
Edgar Baylon, the DA regional rice seed coordinator, said the available stock of certified seeds include 8,000 bags for Negros Occidental, 500 bags for Capiz and 200 bags for Antique.
This is under the rapid seed supply financing project (RaSSFiP) extension phase for dry cropping season of 2011, said Baylon.
In the RaSSFiP project, the National Food Authority (NFA) will procure CS from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) accredited seed growers which should not be more than three months from the date of certification by the National Seeds Quality Control Service (NSQCS).
The farmers must agree to pay their equity under the 50:50 scheme. They will deposit or pay through banks in order to eliminate or minimize the risks of the agricultural technicians.
It is expected that NFA regional office 6 will import CS from Regions 1, 2 and 3 due to lack of locally available seeds.
Designated drop-off points for the RaSSFiP are NFA warehouses in the towns of Banga in the province of Aklan as well as the towns of Pandan, Patnongon, Culasi and San Jose in Antique; Jordan in Guimaras; Jaro, San Dionisio, Pototan and Dumangas in Iloilo; and Bacolod City, Hinobaan, Sipalay, Dancalan and Bago City in Negros Occidental. (PNA) /MP