• Cagayan Valley rice production bolstered

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    BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: The implementation of a farming scheme is seen to have boosted rice production in Nueva Vizcaya, according to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

    NIA officials have expressed optimism on the projected rice production increase in the province because of the implementation of the Five in Two Years scheme.

    Provincial Manager Benjamin Moses Ebreo of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said the farming scheme, which was introduced in November 2011 in the Cagayan Valley region is in support to the Rice Self Sufficiency Program of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    The provincial irrigation office explained that with this farming scheme, an increment area of 47,215 hectares will be realized by the end of December 2013 in Cagayan Valley which account for 188,860 metric tons of palay, computed to only 4 metric tons yield per hectare.

    Engr. Francisco Domingsil, provincial irrigation officer, said that in Nueva Vizcaya alone, 691 hectares were already realized in 2012 while another 1,317 hectares will be reached by the end of this year which also account for 8,032 metric tons at 4 metric tons yield per hectare.

    ”This will be our contribution for the regional increment. I am very confident that with our concerted efforts, the success of this endeavor will be realized and our goals will be accomplished,” he said.

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