For three consecutive cropping seasons, farmers in Buenavista, Quezon have been enjoying high yields from Mestiso 20 (M20), a public hybrid variety that produces up to 234cav/ha.

In a 100-ha total area planted with M20, officials are expecting to surpass the 8t/ha harvest in the previous seasons.

“From 50ha in 2018 and 2019, we have added 50ha more as we witnessed its good performance even in rainfed areas. Due to its outstanding yield in the past, three cooperatives joined in this year’s demonstration farm,” Nanelle M. Quinto, rice coordinator in Quezon, said.

In 2019 wet season, the Hagonghong-Bukal Farmers Irrigators’ Association reaped 8.3t/ha. This 2020, farmers from Buklod Buhay Multipurpose and Villa Maya Farmers’ Cooperatives in upland and coastal areas joined the demo.

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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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