CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, May 21 (PIA) --The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the CALABARZON region has started distributing hybrid and inbred rice seeds in time for the wet-season cropping through the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), a part of the Plant, Plant, Plant Program of the DA that focuses on the extensive use of high-quality seeds to achieve higher productivity in rice.
From May 8 to 19, about 1,600 bags of hybrid rice seeds and 427 bags of inbred rice seeds were delivered to 24 identified, rice-producing cities and municipalities located in Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and non-RCEF areas for both irrigated and rain-fed lowland areas, giving priority to those who promptly signified the seeds will be planted immediately.
Among the city and municipalities partially received the seeds include Maragondon and Naic in Cavite; Cabuyao, Bay, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Magdalena, Pila, Kalayaan, Paete, Pakil, Siniloan, and Famy in Laguna; Nasugbu, Padre Garcia, and Laurel in Batangas; Antipolo, Morong, and Tanay in Rizal; and Burdeos, Infanta, Lucban, Lucena City, Sariaya, Buenavista, Mulanay, Lopez, and Tagkawayan in Quezon.
According to Regional Director Arnel de Mesa, the local government units through their respective agriculture offices play a critical role in ensuring that the seeds and fertilizer support will reach the farmer-beneficiaries and will be used properly.
The DA CALABARZON is also in close coordination with the National Irrigation Administration Region IV-A to ensure the availability of irrigation water on targeted areas and to achieve optimum levels of rice production activities.
"With RRP, we projected additional 29,360 metric tons or 587,200 bags of palay produced in CALABARZON for the wet-season cropping," Regional Director de Mesa said. (CPG, PIA-4A/DA CALABARZON)