Inbred Rice Model Farm in Siquijor shows promising yield

Created on Thursday, 26 November 2020

The 5-hectare Inbred Rice Model Farm established in Lotlotan, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor is showing a promising yield.

This was disclosed by the monitoring team composed of personnel from the Siquijor Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), Local Government of Enrique Villanueva , Siquijor and Agriculture Program Coordinating Officer (APCO) of the Department of Agriculture-7 (DA-7).
According to the team, the said model farm is projected to yield more than 4 tons, if no calamities or pest and disease outbreaks will occur.
In the implementation of the model farm, Gregolito Bunado, DA-7 APCO
of Siquijor, said that DA7 provided 14 bags of complete fertilizer, 12 bags urea, 1 bag muriate of potash, 1 bag of phosphate, bags of certified inbreed seeds, 250 cards of trichogramma, while the PAO of Siquijor will provide support during the field day and the LGU on the technical aspect.
During the PAO and APCO monitoring, the model farm is already on its flowering stage and is showing an impressive performance.
The rice variety use in the model farm is the NSIC Rc 354 and NSIC Rc 226, which are suitable in Siquijor's ecosystem. PAO monitoring team headed by Provincial Agriculturist Lilibeth Caroro, Nida Abada and Ledda Anoos, revealed that the said variety is one of the farmers' preference as seeds can be used again in the next planting season, and which has good eating quality and pests and diseases resistance.
According to Nida Abada, Provincial Rice Coordinator , in her FB account that their rice farmers were not able to plant in two cropping season due to water scarcity. "We are very much thankful and happy that our farmers right now are able to plant due to the onset of rainy season. Hope this (rain) will not damage our rice farms in case of heavy downpour,” Abada commented.
The Lotlotan Water Impounding System Association (LOWISA) with its 35 farmer-members acts as the cooperator of the model farm.###

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