Technology forum calls for efficient hybrid rice farming in PH
The 8th National Rice Technology Forum is now pushing for the efficient hybrid rice farming in the Philippines.
In its determined pursuit to achieve the goal of finally making the Philippines a rice sufficient country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) continuously intensifies its campaign for the adoption of hybrid rice technology among local farmers.
This remains as the main thrust of the two-day 8th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF), which will be held until today in Asingan, Pangasinan.
The 8th NRTF is currently the biggest and most comprehensive—this time including collaborative and technological initiatives that were not highlighted in the previous forums.
The forum’s techno demo, which serves as the focus of the program, is set to demonstrate the effect of various planting approaches—mechanical, manual, and direct seeding—to the yield using top hybrid rice varieties provided by participating agricultural firms.
Just like in the past NRTFs, SeedWorks is one of the private-sector participants. With its popular US88 variety, the company intends to convince more farmers to adopt a recommended approach—mechanical farming.
“SeedWorks is supporting recommendations in farm mechanization,” said SeedWorks Philippines President Carlos Saplala. “This is a logical and effective way to significantly trim farming costs especially on labor.”
Mechanization in farming pertains to the use of modern agricultural machines to increase productivity without relying on massive labor inputs.
As much as 85 farmer-groups are participating in the 8th NRTF. A total of 37.5 hectares of land (located in Urdaneta and Asingan in Pangasinan) is used to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of hybrid rice varieties planted using various agricultural approaches.