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Climate-resilient innovations from DA improve the lives of Tarlac farmers
The lives of a farmers’ group in Victoria, Tarlac, have improved because of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) adaptation of climate-resilient agricultural technology and processes.
The DA’s Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) program, which supports them in managing the problems brought by by climate change, is already paying off for the AMIA Cruz Farmers Association.
The group’s chairperson, Lina Apolonio, stated on Tuesday that since their organization was formed in 2019 as a part of the DA-effort AMIA’s to promote climate-resilient agricultural techniques, they have been harvesting more.
She said that one of the DA-interventions AMIA’s to strengthen their community’s resistance to climate change is the installation of shallow tube wells, which provide them with a plentiful supply of water even during the dry season.
She claimed that the DA had given them a hand harvester and tractor.
Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD), a water-saving technique that farmers can use to minimize irrigation water usage in rice fields without lowering output, was also taught to them by the DA.
Apolonio added that they also utilized the advice offered by the rice crop manager advisory service, which gives farmers knowledge aimed at boosting rice farming production and profitability through specialized integrated nutrition and crop management.
“In the case of the hybrid, nalaman po namin na 15 kilos sa isang ektarya ay sapat na at sa inbred naman 40 kilograms sapat na sa isang ektarya. In an interview, she stated, “We found out that 15 kilograms of seeds are sufficient for a hectare in hybrid, whereas 40 kilos per hectare in inbred. We save a lot from that.
She claimed that a hybrid rice derby held in their region in March of last year thanks to DA initiative demonstrated that hybrid rice growing enhanced productivity.
“At noon, we continue to grow traditional, inbred rice and provide a meal for the farmer if he has 80 to 90 cavans per hectare planted with each crop. Hybridization is not something that is currently happening in my life. At okay naman po ‘yung naging resulta ng Hybrid Derby na ginawa rito dahil umani po kami ng 160, nadoble ‘yung inaani namin noon noong gumamit kami ng hybrid rice. (In the past, when it was customary, we only had inbred rice, and the farmer was content if he could harvest 80 to 90 cavans per hectare for every crop Since we produced 160 cavans, which is twice as many as we did with hybrid rice, the hybrid derby result was acceptable when we accepted and tried hybridization, Apolonio added.
She mentioned that since adopting the DA-AMIA program three years prior, their association’s assets have increased to PHP5 million.
According to Apolonio, their organization’s success was also largely dependent on their ability to wait patiently and bravely adopt new technology and processes for coping with climate change.
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