Capiz targets higher yield, income for rice farmers
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (7 November) -- Capiz is gearing towards improving rice production for rice self-sufficiency and more income to Capiceņo farmers.
Under the government's Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Rice Program, where the Department of Agriculture (DA) provides for a 50 percent certified seed subsidy to farmers, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Capiz has been providing the needed technical support to boost rice production here.
In addition to the national GMA rice program, Capiz is also institutionalizing its Binhian sa Barangay program for the production of certified seeds to increase rice production that would put more money into farmer's pockets.
In the celebration of the rice awareness month, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said that the hybrid rice commercialization program (HRCP) under the GMA's rice program not only addresses the gap between production and consumption but also the welfare of the rice farmers to earn more income.
He pointed out that the GMA rice program has been working for the expansion of hybrid rice areas. Since the start of HRCP in 2001, production area planted to hybrid rice and the national average yield have significantly increased.
"For the previous twelve seasons from 2001-2007, hybrid rice varieties have recorded a yield advantage of 33% more than those of inbred certified seeds," Yap said.
He added that DA is working on various information campaigns regarding the adoption of hybrid rice as an advanced technology in rice production.
Yap said that the Department is actually heightening the promotion of hybrid rice as well as the clustering approach focused on the irrigators' associations (IAs) up to the barangay level.
In the May to October cropping this year, Capiz has an allocation of 34,285 bags of certified seeds for local farmers and about 31,000 farmers here have availed of the certified seeds subsidy program, Provincial Seed Coordinator Amy Sagge of OPA-Capiz said. (PIA) [top]