Mayor claims best Unoy rice comes from Balatoc, Pasil
by L. Lopez
Pasil, Kalinga (24 October) -- Mayor James Edduba of this town claims the best unoy rice from the province being exported to Montana, USA is produced in the uplands of Balatoc, here.
According to Edduba, a previous study by experts who visited the place revealed that the sulfuric soil in Balatoc has contributed to the aroma and taste of its unoy rice, better than the unoy rice that comes from other villages in the province.
Balatoc is the site of dormant volcanoes that made its soil sulfuric. This is noticeable from the faint yellowish fumes coming out from its mountains.
Pasil town identified unoy rice among its three products under One Town One Product (OTOP) program.
Unoy production in Kalinga was boosted with its importation to Montana, encouraging upland farmers to expand the areas planted.
In 2008, Pasil produced seven metric tons of unoy rice, the bulk was exported to Montana, while the rest was sold in trade fairs, here and outside the province.
The new industry has helped upland farmers who could hardly earn enough income from their limited rice lands. Seeing its high potential as income source, government provided production technology to unoy farmers and trained them on product standards so that their rice would become more competitive abroad.
Demand for Kalinga unoy rice abroad is gaining headway over that coming from other countries because of its extraordinary aroma and taste. The upland Unoy rice produced through organic traditional farming is catching preference here and abroad.
The local government of this town invests through its farmers advanced technology on packaging that adds to better marketability of its unoy rice. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]