BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: This province now has more than enough rice to meet the country’s needs.
This was revealed by the Provincial Agriculture Office (Pagro) after Nueva Vizcaya bagged the second prize in the Agri Pinoy Achievers Award for 2013 on March 14.
The province also bagged P4 million in projects while the towns of Solano and Aritao won P1 million each for agriculture programs.
Pagro said the province, a rice supplier in the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces, is now 340 percent rice sufficient.
It even surpassed Isabela-Cagayan Valley’s rice granary, which got third place. Previously, Nueva Vizacaya won the fifth prize in 2012.
“This is credited to the increased percentage of harvested palay, the volume of contributed rice to the regional and national market, and the support given by the government to the rice farmers,” Pagro Chief Alex Domingo said.
“Our farmers were able to supply rice to the province—240 percent of which goes to other provinces and cities,” he added.
He revealed that about 1.5 percent of rice produced by the province is sent to the national market.
“Compared to nearby provinces, Nueva Vizcaya was able to increase its rice production because it was spared from past calamities,” Domingo said.
Another reason for the increased rice production was farmers’ early detection of diseases thanks to new farming techniques.
“Farmers are wise and use different varieties of palay seeds to prevent losses in case disease strikes,” Domingo said.
Twenty-four agriculture extension workers were also awarded P20,000 each for assisting farmers.