Davao del Sur to host National Rice Congress in March

Subscribe Now February 04, 2015 at 09:36am

Davao del Sur will host the National Rice Congress on March 18-20 this year, which is expected to gather about 2,000 farmers from the province and neighboring provinces.

Around 500 agricultural extension workers including farmers in Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental provinces are also set to join the congress.

Elated for his province to be chosen as host to the NRC, Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista has promptly directed the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) to make the necessary preparations for this big event.

The NRC will wrap up two days for the plenary session and one day for a Field Tour.

Varied inputs and reform measures embodied under the rice program will be tackled during the first two days.

Issues of concern will be addressed by resource speakers as a consultative and advisory mechanism in the formulation and implementation of new agricultural policies.

An identified four-hectare farm in Leling, Hagonoy has been selected as site where technology issues would be raised and exhibit of farm machineries will be displayed.

"This is a yearly activity where the Rice Board serves as the organizer for this event," stated Nani Marfil, the provincial rice program coordinator.

She disclosed that at the moment there are 21 varieties of Hybrid rice to include PSBRC 72H, Mestizo 19, 20 and 29, PHB 81 and many others.

The Inbred Rice would include NSIC RC 160 and NSIC RC 298.

Marfil said there are private companies partnering with them namely the Pioneer, Syngenta, Bayer, SL Agritech Seed Workz, Bioseed and Philippine Rice.

The province of Davao del Sur has been twice a national winner of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Awards Award (APRAA), and is aiming to bring home the bacon again for the 2014 national competition with 13 provinces participating.

The rice program aims at enhancing agricultural potentials towards food self-sufficiency anchored on economic growth and progress.

The joint venture of private companies and provincial government would help build local competitiveness.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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