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The rice hybridization program in Central Luzon will continue.

PAMPANGA’S CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – To achieve rice self-sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Field Office 3 (RFO3) will continue to undertake the rice hybridization program in Central Luzon.

Christian Ramos, DA-RFO 3 Regional Seed Coordinator, stressed the necessity of maintaining the initiative to encourage more farmers to adopt hybrid rice growing, which has been shown to boost output.

“Magpapatuloy ang hybridization program dahil tumutulong ito upang mapataas ang pagiging produktibo sa tuntunin ng paggawa ng bigas,” Ramos remarked on social media.

The program’s goal, he said, is to promote the use of preferred hybrid rice varieties as well as the adoption of innovative technologies that can help farmers better their livelihoods and make the rice business more sustainable and sufficient.

Lina S. Apolonio, president of the AMIA Cruz Farmers Association in Victoria, Tarlac, encouraged her fellow farmers to utilize hybrid seeds and take advantage of the Department of Agriculture’s hybridization program.

“Kung dati ay ang magsasaka ay namomroblema sa binhi, ngayon ay hindi na po dahil sa tulong ng Department of Agriculture, ng Office of Provincial Agriculturist ng LGU, ngayon ay hindi na po dahil sa tulong ng Department of Agriculture, ng Office of Provincial Because of the help of the Department of Agriculture, Office of Provincial Agriculturist of the LGU, ang aking mga kapwa magsasaka na akapin ang programang hybridization dahil napapaganda nito ang ating ani at isa na po ako sa nagpapatunay nito (If farmers previously had problems with seeds, it is different now because of the help of the Department of “Apolonio added, “I encourage my fellow farmers to embrace the hybridization program because it enhanced our production, and I am one of those who can show it.”)

On Tuesday, the DA held a field day on a provincial hybrid rice technology demonstration farm in Barangay Cruz, Victoria town, with the participation of certain local politicians and seed company representatives.

The demonstration farm’s cooperator was the AMIA Cruz Farmers Association, which has 29 members and works to promote several hybrid rice types.

Six seed firms, including Longping Tropical Rice Development Inc., SL Agritech Corporation, SeedWorks Philippines Inc., Bayer Crop Science, Corteva Agriscience, and Syngenta, assisted farmers in sowing hybrid rice seeds.

Crispulo Bautista, DA-3 Regional Director, had previously requested seed businesses’ assistance in the implementation of the rice hybridization initiative by holding field demos to exhibit their various rice types and goods.

The rice hybridization program is one of DA’s measures for increasing productivity by providing regionally adapted hybrid seeds.

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