Supply of certified rice seeds assured
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- Rice seed growers in the province assure ready supply of certified and hybrid rice seeds under the rice seed subsidy program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for this May-November cropping.
Seed growers made the assurance during the rice production planning here last week, called by the DA.
Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose said that the expected output of 31,000 bags of certified seeds in the last cropping is more than enough for the 16,500 bags seed requirement for the May-November cropping.
Seed growers are ready with high yielding rice varieties of RC128, RC18, RC150, RC82 and RC146 for distribution to farmers at 50% subsidy under the program or bought at P600/bag. A bag of certified rice seeds cost P1,200.
For hybrid rice seeds, M1 and M7 varieties are available at P2,500/bag but is offered to farmers only at P1000/bag or a P1,500 subsidy per bag.
Jose said the excess in the seed production is exported to other provinces like Ilocos, Pangasinan and other areas, which have already sent their listing to his office.
Demand for certified rice seeds produced in the province is high compared to other seed producing areas, because of its higher quality in terms of germination rate.
Jose said rice seeds coming from the province meet the 90% germination rate as confirmed by tests conducted at the seed laboratory of the province.
The rice seed industry has given big breaks to rice farmers in the province who increased their average income per cropping.
PhilRice has given an earlier affirmation that Kalinga has climate and soil conditions conducive to the production of high-yielding rice varieties and has poured-in large support to the rice commercialization program of the government, here. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]