1.24 M bags of certified seeds distributed to Filipino rice farmers
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it has so far distributed 1.24 million bags of certified seeds to rice farmers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
This, according to PhilRice, will be enough to cover as much as 609,000 hectares for this dry season.
So far, more than 480,000 farmers in major rice-producing areas nationwide have already benefited from the RCEF seeds program.
Flordeliza Bordey, PhilRice’s deputy executive director for special concerns, said PhilRice commits to continue reaching out to more farmers to provide them certified seeds as an intervention to help increase yield and reduce cost amid the implementation of Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).
“For the 2020 wet season, we have allotted 2.514 million bags of seeds and 1.676 million bags for 2021 dry season distribution,” Bordey said.
Meanwhile, to augment the RCEF Extension Service Program amid the limited budget and personnel, RCEF eyes to develop farmer-trainers.