Friday, April 19, 2013

DAR Celebrates Hybrid Rice Seed Festival, Farmers’ Field Day

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Aklan culminated the implementation of the Hybrid Rice Seed Production Project. It was jointly implemented with the Philippine Rice Research Institute, Agricultural Training Institute, Provincial Government of Aklan and the LGU New Washington through the ARISP III (Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project). The project in agriculture and agribusiness development is component in Pacto De Sangre ARC, New Washington, Aklan ended on April 11, 2013. It was designed to improve farm productivity and sustain agriculture production by increasing household income of farmers and to improve the quality of their lives in Aklan.

The Harvest Festival showcased the six project sites with a total area planted to approximately 3.00 hectares with Mestizo 29, variety Philrice developed to produce high yielding hybrid rice. This activity demonstrated the crop standing of this variety and the harvesting activity for both male and female lines. A Farmers’ Forum was also conducted with some selected farmers from across Aklan, Municipal Agriculturists and Agricultural Technicians to showcase the Hybrid Rice Project and provide new ideas and knowledge on rice production. The product of this project, the hybrid seeds will be sold to farmers in Aklan to address the inadequacy of good seeds for planting rice and ultimately to find solution to increase rice productivity.

Likewise, the PhilRice initiated project on Multi-Location Adaptability Trial was also culminated with a Participatory Varietal Selection activity in Brgy. Guinbaliwan. It was designed to help farmers identify which seed and plant characteristic they prefer for growing rice. PhilRice will utilize results of the varietal selection to develop new varieties based upon what the farmers want.  The project planted 10 promising inbred lines and four check varieties. /MP

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