Rice farmers in Iloilo—the rice granary of the Visayas—expanded their average output to 10.71 metric tons (MT) per hectare using the the SL-8H seeds from SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC).
Some 10,000 hectares in Iloilo are planted with hybrid-rice seeds, according to SL Agritech.
Despite the severe El Niño, Iloilo remains to be a rice surplus province, especially as farmers ventured into SL-8H hybrid rice that sent yield average to 4.09 MT per hectare.
This is an overall increase of nearly 1 MT (0.86) per hectare compared to the 2015 average of 3.23 per hectare (based on the Philippine Statistics Authority) for the entire Iloilo, according to Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Elias V. Sandig Jr.