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ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Agriculture department has embarked on an advocacy to encourage farmers to plant hybrid rice aimed to meet its goal at the end wet season in the region.

The central office of the Department of Agriculture has directed its office in the region to plant 10,000 hectares of hybrid rice during the wet season covers the period from May to October of the year.

Western Mindanao Agriculture Executive Director, Oscar Parawan, today said they were giving technical briefing to farmers on the technology of hybrid rice planting and the benefits they would get during harvest season.

So far, 6,600 hectares were planted to hybrid rice as of the middle of last month, though this was still short of 3,400 hectares of the target hectarage of rice fields

He said if they could not meet the goal given them, they envisioned to accomplish at least 80 percent of the target, or about 8,000 hectares.

In the entire country, the DA envision to plant 300,000 to 400,000 hectares of hybrid rice within a period of one year.

Parawan said that per hectare of hybrid rice yields a maximum of 6.5 tons of palay compared to 4.3 average harvests in planting the certified seeds.

However he clarified that they are not making it compulsory on the part of the farmers to shift to hybrid rice planting.

“The farmers have the option if they want to shift to hybrid rice planting,” Parawan said.

“They have a free hand. If they only choose to plant a portion of their rice fields, they may,” he added.

Parawan said that his office subsidized P1,300 for each bag of hybrid rice seeds the farmers would buy. The price of hybrid rice seeds varies from P2,400 to P3,000 per bag.
MGR Archive 8.9.2005
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