• Deal to upgrade hybrid rice production signed

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    MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija: A state university and an agricultural institution based in this city, along with other agen-cies, have forged an understanding that will accelerate production of hybrid Mestiso 38 rice seeds.

    The Central Luzon State University (CLSU) vow

    ed strong cooperation with the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) as their officials signed on Monday a memorandum of agreement here.

    CLSU president Ruben Sevilleja, PhilSCAT director Emmanuel Sicat and co-director Cheng Liangji led the signing with E-Telligent Solutions president Ernesto Lee, and Masalasa Science and Technology Based-Farm Marketing Cooperative (Masalasa STBMC) president Henry Reganit.

    Sevilleja said CLSU will work hand in hand with PhilSCAT, along with E-Telligent Solutions Inc. and Masalasa STBMC, a firm from Victoria, Tarlac in making the Mestiso 38 accessible in the market.

    Mestiso 38, scientifically known as NSIC Rc262H, produces 6.4 to 10.4 tons per       hectare 114 days after planting. It is also reportedly resistant to pests like stemborer, blast, bacteria leaf blight, sheath blight, brown planthopper and green leafhopper.                      PNA

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