Los Baños, Laguna – With the current administration’s thrust to provide available and affordable food for the Filipinos, the Department of Agriculture through its training arm, Agricultural Training Institute, pushes for the promotion of hybrid rice farming.
According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), hybrid rice is a variety of rice that has been bred from two very different parents. As compared to the inbred rice variety that is commonly grown by farmers around the world, commercial hybrid rice can generate up to 30% higher yields.
Hence, the Agricultural Training Institute in CaLaBaRZon has been incessantly promoting this variety among farmers in the region. The Center recently conducted a Training Course on Hybrid Rice Production, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) IV-A, and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). Twenty-three Agricultural Extension Workers from the LGUs and nine staff from PhilRice participated in the three-day training.
Municipal Agriculturist of Tagkawayan, Quezon Mr. Rolando Mendoza, encouraged his co-participants to embrace hybrid rice production.
“Nawa po ang iniwang kaalaman sa atin ay dalhin natin sa ating bayan. Kumbinsihin po natin ang ating punong-bayan na i-promote ito, dahil nasa likod po natin ang ATI, PhilRice at DA–RFO IVA para mapagtulungan natin ang mga kakulangan sa pagkain” he said.
This three-day training was held last February 27 – March 1, 2017 at Arisabel Clubhouse, Brgy. Timugan, Los Baños, Laguna. Ms. Mary Grace Leidia, Training Specialist II from the Partnership and Accreditation Section of ATI IV-A, served as the project officer of the activity.