Iloilo towns to pilot rice initiatives

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ILOILO CITY: Five rice-producing municipalities in the province of Iloilo were selected as project sites of the Better Rice Initiatives Asia – Fostering Agriculture and Rice Marketing by improved Education and Rural advisory Services (BRIA FARMERS).

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office here said the program aims to support small-holder rice farmers in increasing their income by optimizing their production techniques, marketing access and the strengthening of the whole rice value chain.

Covered are the towns of Leganes, Mina, Oton, Pototan, Santa Barbara and Zarraga in the province of Iloilo, while other project sites are in the provinces of Aurora and Southern Leyte.

Southern Leyte is now implementing its second component in providing “Better Market Linkages.”

The program is funded by the Germany’s Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and implemented with DA’s Agricultural Training Institute; the Philippine Rice Research Institute; the International Rice Research Institute; and private partners involving the municipal agricultural officers, farmer association leaders, and millers and traders.

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