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.