SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 14 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has started the distribution of hybrid and inbred rice seeds with fertilizers to farmer-beneficiaries in the Ilocos Region.
As of July 6, 2020, a total of 92,858 hectares of the regional target area have already been provided with hybrid and inbred rice seeds, and about 45,135 bags of fertilizers have been distributed to the Ilocos farmers.
"The region has allocated hybrid seeds for 125,000 hectares which will benefit around 130,000 farmers; and for the inbred rice seeds, the region has allocated 30,000 bags benefitting around 30,000 farmers in Region 1," said Vida Cacal, regional information officer of DA in the Ilocos.
She noted that farmer-recipients have received rice seeds according to the size or area of their farm land and the type of seed the farmer plants.
"For hybrid seeds, we have different varieties. We could distribute the 15 kilogram (kg) per sack or the 20 kg per sack which are both good for one hectare of land, while the 40 kg per sack of inbred seeds is also good for one hectare of land. It really depends on what type of seed the farmer plants," said Cacal.
Aside from the free rice seeds, farmer beneficiaries were also given free fertilizers.
To avail these fertilizers, the farmer beneficiary of the hybrid seeds must purchase two sacks of inorganic fertilizer and will get three bags of urea fertilizer for free, while two bags of urea fertilizer will be given for free for every two bags of purchase of inorganic fertilizers for farmer beneficiary of inbred rice seeds.
Cacal said that the beneficiaries were listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and were included in the master list passed to them by various local government units in the region.
The distribution of farm inputs is part of the Rice Resiliency Project under the Plant Plant Plant Program of the national government which aims to boost the country's rice production and supply.
Meanwhile, during the Laging Handa Network Briefing on July 8, Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica said that since the town's economy is mostly dependent on agriculture, he was thankful to DA for providing timely support and intervention to their local farmers by giving them free rice seeds and fertilizers.
According to their recent report, Kalibo rice farmers received more than 3,000 bags of certified seeds and 360 bags of hybrid seeds from DA.
Moreover, the town was allocated with 3,976 bags of urea fertilizer.
The Laging Handa Network Briefing, hosted by Communication Secretary Martin Andanar, airs on Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The program can also be viewed at the Philippine Information Agency's regional and provincial Facebook pages nationwide. (JCR/AMB/JTQ/PIA 1)