DA allocates P2.5 billion for hybrid rice seeds for 500,000 hectares

28 Jun Posted by Administrator

by Melody Aguiba, Manila Bulletin

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotting P2.5 billion for hybrid rice seeds that will be given to farmers for “free” in an aim to raise rice sufficiency through hybrid rice on 500,000 hectares immediately this coming dry season planting.

The new Duterte Administration has met in Davao City with the Rice Board, an association of rice seed producers– particularly hybrid and certified seeds—to seek assurance of supply of seeds beginning November planting for the dry season crop year 2016-2017.

“Incoming DA Sec. (Emmanuel) Pinol asked seed producers’ assurance for seed availability.  Seed producers committed to make available seeds for one million hectares,” said Dr. Santiago R. Obien, DA senior technical adviser.

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DA pushes hybrid rice in Mindanao

24 Jun Posted by Administrator

by Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing P131 million to intensify hybrid rice expansion in Mindanao in efforts to increase farmers’ income.

The DA is in partnership with hybrid rice and seeds producer SL Agritech Corp. to increase food production programs in Mindanao.

The department also targets to expand hybrid rice area to 600,000 to 700,000 hectares next year and as much as one million hectares by 2020 from the current 400,000 hectares.

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Myanmar seen as jump-off point for Philippines rice exports

22 May Posted by Administrator

by Louise Maureen Simeon

The Philippine Star,  May 22, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Myanmar is set to become a viable production site for Philippines’ rice exports after a successful hybrid rice field trial in the ASEAN neighbouring country.

Hybrid rice and seeds producer SL Agritech Corp. successfully led a pioneering trial of hybrid rice seed SL-8H in Myanmar which yielded 150 metric tons (MT) of seeds per hectare on the 100 hectare Dagon township in Yangon.

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