CAUAYAN CITY: To help prevent a possible shortage of rice supply in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has embarked on enhancing hybrid rice production in the Cagayan Valley region.
Lucrecio Alviar Jr., DA director for Region 2, said that the agriculture department has targeted at least 24,000 hectares of rice lands in Isabela, 10,000 hectares in Cagayan and several hectares in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.
“There is a need to promote hybrid rice production to increase the yield per hectare of farmers as the region is considered the rice bowl of the country,” he said.
Alviar said a large bulk of rice production in Cagayan Valley is transported to other areas of the country particularly Metro Manila, which has a great demand for rice supply.
“By promoting hybrid rice production, we will help our country attain food sufficiency supply,” he added.
Alviar noted that the agriculture department would subsidize hybrid rice seeds to farmers through the department’s hybrid seed assistance program (HSAP).
“With our farmers supporting and partnering with the agency’s promotion of hybrid rice production in the region, I am very certain that this will increase productivity as well as income for our farmers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DA has distributed 27 mini-threshers, 11 mini-rice harvesters, and certified and registered rice seeds to the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System.