Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has shown interest in hybrid rice production and has directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) that hybrid rice seeds must be planted in 1 million hectares of irrigated lands starting next year (2017) in its bid to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2019. Hybrid rice technology is a key strategy for increasing rice production and achieving food security and rice self-sufficiency. Based on IRRI and PhilRice researches, hybrid rice offers opportunities for increasing rice varietal yields by 15-30%. However, hybrid rice production requires a thorough understanding of various practices to minimize costs and maximize returns.
In support to this, as the extension arm of the DA, the Agricultural Training Institute has made efforts to achieve this goal. The ATI-RTC IX as the training arm of the Department of Agriculture targeted an eight (8) batches of Training and Training Related activities on Knowledge Sharing and Learning (KSL) Technical briefing with a target of 50 rice farmers per batch.
Surprisingly, a total of 404 rice farmers were briefed on the Hybridization program of the DA which were conducted simultaneously in the municipalities of Manukan, Sergio Osmena Zamboanga del Norte, in Mahayag, Bayog and Dimataling Zamboanga del Sur and in Titay, Siay, Diplahan Zamboanga Sibugay on January 28-31, 2019 by none other Mr. Nino O. Codino ATI RTC 9 Focal Person and one of his support staff Jason B. Deripaz.