Recognizing that high-quality seeds are among the key secrets in getting optimum rice yield, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) distributed 100 bags of registered seeds among 30 farmer-members of the Guiset Organic Farmers’ Credit Cooperative in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, 27 May. KOICA-PhilRice

Varieties distributed were PSB Rc18 and NSIC Rc222. Each of the bags given weighed 40 kg. PSB Rc18 is known for its resistance to adverse environment (drought and cool conditions). NSIC Rc222, on the other hand, is a popular variety in Nueva Ecija owing to its high rice yield. Maximum yield of Rc222 is 10t/ha.

The use of high-quality seeds can contribute 10% in yield increase.

The event was held under the project Enhancing the capacity of production and distribution of high-quality rice seeds by KOICA in partnership with DA-PhilRice and BPI-NSQCS.

“We want to help in achieving rice self-sufficiency and improving the income of the Filipino farmers through the use of high-quality rice seeds,” said Mr. Song Minhyen, KOICA country director.

A briefing about the characteristics and management of the varieties of seeds given and a review of the PalayCheck system were also discussed.

“This is a part of a big collaborative project among KOICA, PhilRice, and BPI-NSQCS. The main goal is to improve rice seed processing with the use of modern facilities and equipment,” said Teodora L. Briones, project lead and head of PhilRice’s Corporate Services Division.

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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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