PhilRice holds demo for hybrid rice
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said farmers can further observe the performance of hybrid rice with the extended run of its techno demo in Asingan and Urdaneta City, Pangasinan until this week.
In a 37.5-hectare farm in these area, Mestiso 20 (M20), one of the 25 hybrid rice varieties, and six inbred varieties – NSIC Rc 160, Rc 216, Rc 300, Rc 402, Rc 438, and Rc 480 are now being featured.
The techno demo, which is part the 8th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF), aimed to find out the most suitable hybrid rice variety to encourage farmers to plant the varieties.
A 2017 PhilRice policy brief asserts planting hybrid rice is one way to boost local farmers’ competitiveness against their ASEAN counterparts. This could increase yield and reduce production cost per kilogram of palay.
Bred by PhilRice and University of the Philippines Los Baños, M20 yields 6.4 to 11.7 ton per hectare. It matures in 111 days after sowing, and is moderately resistant to yellow stem borer, green leafhopper, and brown plant hopper.
Together with M20, other hybrid rice varieties were established in the demo farms through direct seeding, and manual and mechanical transplanting.