• DA TAPS SUCS TO PRODUCE QUALITY RICE SEEDS

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    In order to boost the government’s rice sufficiency efforts, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to tap State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) nationwide to serve as production sites of quality rice seeds. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said such partnership with the SUCs, particularly those with idle lands suitable for rice production, will complement efforts of research stations of DA regional offices and the Philippine Rice Research Institute in the production of registered seeds of inbred varieties for distribution and sale to farmers. “We want to tap their [SUCs] potential. Besides having idle areas suitable for rice cultivation, they also have enough manpower and technical know-how which could contribute to our rice sufficiency efforts,” Alcala said.

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