City exec pushes hybrid rice production

February 5, 2015 6:43 am 

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, Feb. 4 — The local chief executive of this city is pushing for higher rice yields of farmers through the use of hybrid rice seeds.

Mayor Joseph Tan said the city government of Santiago will push for higher yield of rice up to 200 cavans per hectare to increase the income of farmers.

Santiago City is an agriculture-producing city contributing to the rice harvest of Isabela in which the rice fields are irrigated.

Tan said the city government through the City Agriculture Office will encourage 1,000 farmers to plant hybrid rice and will monitor it until the harvesting period to meet the target of 200 cavans per hectare.

He said the 1,000 hectares to be planted with hybrid rice will serve as demonstration area to encourage farmers to plant the rice plant variety.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) – Isabela will be tapped to monitor the production period of the hybrid rice.

“We want our rice farmers to produce 200 cavans per hectare to increase their farmers using hybrid rice seeds,” Tan said.

As an initial implementation, the city government has already started the hybrid rice production at barangay Rizal, Santiago City and urged farmers to visit the demonstration farm in the said urban city village.

Mayor Tan is hopeful that the objective of introducing hybrid rice to boost rice production will be successful to be able to help rice farmers in increasing their income. (PNA)

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