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The list of rice varieties adaptable to each region has been released after being proven competitive both in dry and wet seasons through the project dubbed as Accelerating the development and adoption of next-generation (Next-Gen) rice varieties for major ecosystem in the Philippines.

“These were tested by the farmers themselves through participatory variety trials (PVS). Yield stability, pest and disease resistance, and grain quality were the main criteria used to prove the competitiveness of the varieties,” says Thelma Padolina, PhilRice senior plant breeder.

The varieties were approved for commercialization by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC).

Dr. Flordeliza H. Bordey, PhilRice Deputy Director for Research, along with other experts made sure that these varieties are highly suitable by validating them using the results of the National Cooperative Test (NCT) for rice, farmers’ preferences as reported by regional coordinators, value chain analysis project, and the rice seed system workshop output.

Farmers may opt to use either the existing rice varieties adaptable in their area, or the newly-registered varieties tested for suitability in their own locality.

In Regions 7 and 8, each province is provided with separate recommendations owing to their unique ecosystems.

Padolina noted that seeds of these varieties are also available in the region or through the local seed growers in the areas.

“To ensure that the recommended varieties are accessible in the regions, the project pushed for the participation of local seed growers in the second phase of the PVS where they have tested and produced the starter seeds,” says Padolina.

The Next-Gen project is a collaborative effort between PhilRice, International Rice Research Institute, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and the DA-Regional Field Offices under the Food Self Sufficiency Program of the DA National Rice Program, and is being funded by the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research.

Below is the list of rice varieties suitable for every region:

Region Existing adaptable varieties

in the region

Newly-registered varieties tested in the region
Cordillera Administrative Region PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 308
PSB Rc 82 NSIC Rc 354
Region 1 NSIC Rc 214 NSIC Rc 352
NSIC Rc 298 NSIC Rc 358
Region 2 NSIC Rc 308 NSIC Rc 400
NSIC Rc 352 NSIC Rc 402
Region 3 PSB Rc 10 NSIC Rc 354
PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 402
NSIC Rc 218
Region 4A PSB Rc18 NSIC Rc 354
PSB Rc 82 NSIC Rc 394
NSIC Rc 218
Region 4B PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 218 NSIC Rc 302
Region 5 NSIC Rc 302 NSIC Rc 352
NSIC Rc 308 NSIC Rc354
Region 6 NSIC Rc 226 NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 308 NSIC Rc 356
NSIC Rc 358
NSIC Rc 360
Region 7 NSIC Rc 354
Bohol NSIC Rc 302
NSIC Rc 356
Cebu NSIC Rc 302
NSIC Rc 226
Negros Oriental NSIC Rc 224
NSIC Rc 302
Siquijor NSIC Rc 302
NSIC Rc 308
Region 8 NSIC Rc 400
Biliran NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 358
Eastern Samar NSIC Rc 302
NSIC Rc 354
Leyte PSB Rc 18
NSIC Rc 218
Northern Samar PSB Rc 18
PSB Rc 82
Western Samar PSB Rc 18
PSB Rc 82
Southern Leyte PSB Rc 18
Region 9 NSIC Rc 224 NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 358 NSIC Rc 400
Region 10 PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 158 NSIC Rc 400
Region 11 PSB Rc 18 NSIC RC 302
PSB Rc 82 NSIC Rc 308
Region 12 NSIC Rc 158 NSIC Rc 354
NSIC Rc 226 NSIC Rc 308
Caraga PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 354
PSB Rc 82 NSIC Rc 400
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao PSB Rc 18 NSIC Rc 308
NSIC Rc 224 NSIC Rc 400
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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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