Bicolano rice farmer yields 3x higher than national average
A rice farmer in Bicol region yielded three times higher than the national average by using the US88 variety of SeedWorks Philippines.
“The country’s rice farming sector has a ton of good news to share despite the ongoing national quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A farmer in Bicol has recently proven that the country could still possibly meet its food sustainability target,” SeedWorks Philippines said.
To be specific, Genaro Tamon from Magarao, Camarines Sur harvested 15.73 metric tons (MT) of rice last month from his one-hectare farm. This is equivalent to 286 sacks with about 55 kilos each.
That is more than thrice higher than the national yield per hectare average of 4.07 metric tons, based on latest quarterly data from the Philippine Statistics Authority in January 2020.
This is also probably the first time for a single farmer from the Bicol Region to produce such a high yield per hectare, SeedWorks Philippines said.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office in Region 5 commended Tamon for his record harvest and encouraged other farmers to follow his example.
As an incentive, Tamon received P200,000 from SeedWorks Philippines.