The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) showcases the performance of certified inbred seeds through TechnoDemo sites established nationwide.
As of date, 40 TechnoDemo (Mechanized Technology Demonstration of National and Regional Recommended Inbred Rice Varieties) sites with 6-ha contiguous area each, have been selected to promote the mechanized production of the select varieties.
To be managed by seven PhilRice branches and the Central Experiment Station, TechnoDemo sites are located in Quezon, Misamis Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Pangasinan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Pampanga, Ifugao, and Capiz.
Three national recommended inbred rice varieties – NSIC Rc 222, Rc 216, and Rc 160 will be promoted to farm communities. Two regional recommended inbred rice varieties, one location-specific technology; and newly released inbred rice varieties will also be shown to the farmers.
PhilRice will annually provide P60,000, which will be divided for two cropping seasons, to farmer-cooperators of TechnoDemo sites. This will cover supplies and materials including seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, andlabor expenses such as land preparation and transplanting, crop care and maintenance, pulling of seedlings, harvesting, and other farm activities.
“A technology demonstration is not only a validation of our seed’s competitive performance but also an affirmation that our summative efforts have been fully-accepted by our farmers,” said Arc Azuela, Bulacan provincial coordinator of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Seed Program.
To Mario Magpali, 57, of San Joaquin, Balungao, Pangasinan, being selected as a TechnoDemo site farmer-cooperator makes rice farming information at hand.
“Despite the problems in our farms, we are assisted by technicians and RCEF coordinators. In that way, we are guided with scientific knowledge in farming,” Magpali shared.
The TechnoDemo is under RCEF-Seed Program, which generally aims to help the small-scale Filipino farmers amid the new rice trade system.
This is also in line with the “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” battle cry of the Department of Agriculture that intends to provide high-quality seeds to Filipino farmers under RCEF.