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Farmers asked to use hybrid rice
LINGAYEN – Taking part in efforts to reduce rice shortage this year, the Provincial Government is eyeing the commercial use of hybrid rice, the F1 variety, to substitute the inbred predominantly used in local rice production.

Doing rounds in all six districts of Pangasinan to promote the usage, cultivation and seedling propagation of F1 are three teams composed of different government agencies and representatives from private institutions.

Provincial Agriculturist Jose Almendares said the teams are composed of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and local government units (LGUs) in partnership with Bayer Phils., SL Agritech and Quedan Rural Credit and Lending Corp. (Quedancor).

Almendares said the groups are targeting 12,000 hectares of rainfed lands to be planted with F1 varieties in time for the rainy season to potentially yield about 12 tons of rice per hectare.

Varieties such as Mestizo 1 and 2, Bigante and SL 8 are to be supplied by PhilRice, Bayer Phils. and SL Agritech, respectively. All of which are given government subsidy at P1,300.

Hybrid rice is produced when a male and female parent unite in a synchronized manner, which results in what is called ‘hybrid vigor.’

Maira Paliso, district supervisor of Quedancor based in Dagupan City, said the lending institution will provide P10,000 loan for potential growers to be given in kind.

Her agency, she said, is still awaiting the April 15 culmination of the technical briefing and training being conducted by team 1 (district 1 and 2), team 2 (district 3 and 4) and team 3 (district 5 and 6) to determine the number of loan applicants.

“As of now, there is a little impact among local farmers because they are hesitant to use the new varieties as they were used to the in-breeds,” Almendares said.

While F1 varieties yield doubly, he said factors like climate change, adaptable location and high technology requirement in seedling preparation need to be further studied to suit the province’s nature of rice production.

Absence of storage warehouse in towns where the seeds are to be kept for availability also poses problem, he said.

“Pangasinan has a big stake for hybrid rice (production) considering its irrigated lands and large number of rice farmers,” said Almendares, adding that they aim to be the next surplus rice producer to meet the needs of other regions.
MGR Archive 27.3.2005
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