DA7 to work out implementation of balanced fertilization for rice as safety net of skyrocketing price of inorganic fertilizers

Created on Friday, 13 May 2022

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 7 is working out the implementation of the balanced fertilization strategy (BFS) to buffer the impact of skyrocketing price of inorganic fertilizers in a meeting at a hotel in Cebu City, today. According to Emma Tayad, chief of the soil’s laboratory and lead convenor of the activity, the price of inorganic fertilizer has tripled since 2018. The spike of fertilizer prices discouraged farmers to apply the right amount on their farms.

In a message, Farmer-Director Alfredo Oguis, shared the insight he learned from international agriculture experts who recommended the best fertilizer for rice is rice itself. The BFS program recommends the use of rice straw as fertilizer for rice. The same principle is currently adopted by the “Abonong Swak Program,” otherwise known as BFS by offering a combo package to the farmers. The program complements the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, Tayad said.

The BFS program offers combo packages depending on the farmers’ choice to attain a specific yield. Under the program, a farmer can choose from three combo packages which offer a range of three to eight tons per hectare, depending on the target yield.
Regional Technical Director Wilbert Castillo said in his speech, he is hopeful that the BFS can uptick the current rice production tagged at 3-4 metric tons per hectare in Central Visayas.

According to Ray Alvin Mariscal, soils staff, around 70 percent of the rice area in Bohol is acidic and needs nutrient supplementation. Soil acidity is one of the concerns that will be addressed by the BFS, Mariscal said.

Expected to work out the implementation of the BFS is the proposed BFS team, and the technical working group created today.

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