Certified seeds to improve rice production this year – DA

January 15, 2011 2:34 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan 14 -– The Department of Agriculture (DA) here is optimistic that using certified seeds among farming villages will boost the region’s rice yield this year.

Manuel O. Olanday, the DA's regional Agri-Pinoy Rice program coordinator, said that certified seeds have been proven to increase rice yields of farmers in some provinces, including pilot sites in Iloilo province.

However, he said the DA will soon stop subsidizing the provision of certified seeds to farmers in the country.

He said the DA is training some 187 rice cluster areas in the region to serve as initial sites for the propagation of certified seeds.

The DA is currently helping farmers in Western Visayas to grow and produce high quality seeds for their own use. He said this is necessary so these farming communities will no longer have to rely for certified seeds coming from the DA and national government through the National Food Authority (NFA).

Olanday said that this community-based approach will ensure enough supply of certified seeds for farmers to increase their rice production in the cluster areas.

Baylon said there are around 40 cluster sites in Aklan, 15 in Antique, 25 in Capiz, 14 in Guimaras, 60 in Iloilo and 33 in Negros Occidental. (PNA) LAM/AJP/LPC/vlo


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