Lanao Norte farmers gain from GMA rice program
by Vicente N. Labial
Tubod, Lanao del Norte (19 August) -- Rice farmers of Barangay El Salvador in the town of Kapatagan are expecting higher yield for their next harvest due to the steady stream of farm inputs and implements received from the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) program implemented by the Provincial Agriculturist Office of Lanao del Norte.
The agricultural intervention, which is funded by the Department of Agriculture, is a banner component of the Hunger Mitigation Program aimed at further strengthening the rice production capability of identified rice areas in the country to combat the prevailing food crisis.
In Barangay El Salvador alone, 156 farmers cultivating more than 400 hectares of rice fields were able to receive fertilizer coupons, seed subsidy and pest control products from the Provincial Government through their Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO).
According to Rosevito Pogoy of Kapatagan MAO, "the farmers are now using our new certified seeds which are guaranteed to produce higher harvest results when compared to the good seeds variety". Certified seeds are produced and distributed by accredited seed growers and members of the National Rice Seed Production Network (SeedNet) like the Lala Seed Growers Association based in the area. Studies made by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have shown that certified seeds of an inbred variety can save farmers as much as 3,600 pesos per hectare on seed cost. This translates to lower rice production cost and higher net income for the farmers.
With regular surplus in rice production, the province of Lanao del Norte is in the forefront of agricultural communities rising to the challenge of attaining national food security and rice self-sufficiency for the country. (Provincial Information Office –Lanao Del Norte) [top]