Farmers in Brgy. Lelemaan in Manaoag, Pangasinan looks forward to abundant yield as rice growers who had received high-quality inbred seeds from Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) expect to harvest 7t/ha or approximately 140 cav/ha.

During the ceremonial harvesting in time for the first year anniversary of the Rice Tariffication Law on March 5, Rogel Comesario estimated the significant increase from his previous gain of 110-120 cav/ha.

Comesario planted NSIC Rc 222, which he availed from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)- Seed Program of Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

“I am grateful that I’m a recipient of this government project because it greatly improved my yield,” said Comesario on the sidelines of the harvest festival yesterday led by Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

Through the RCEF program, Comesario enlisted in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). This allowed him to receive 4 bags of high-quality inbred seeds, which he planted on a 2-ha irrigated farm.

Comesario encourages his fellow farmers to enlist in RSBSA to avail the same benefits, which also include farm machineries, training and scholarships, and credit.

Furthermore, Comesario said that the price of palay has stabilized in their locality.

“Currently, the buying price of palay is higher. The dry palay is priced at P21-P22 while the fresh palay is at P16.50,” he said.

A higher command of the buying price of palay is a good complement with an increased yield through the use of RCEF seeds, according to Comesario, which corresponds to the Department of Agriculture’s initiative of “Masagang Ani, Mataas na Kita.”

Just after harvesting, Comesario again received seed assistance from the program together with about 600 farmers in Urdaneta City. More farmers in the area will benefit from the program in the coming days.

As of February 24, more than 1.3 million of certified inbred seeds have been distributed to more than 512,000 farmers in 713 cities or municipalities in 57 provinces nationwide.

These high-quality seeds have covered 652,917 ha.

PhilRice executive director John De Leon encouraged farmers to foster the seeds distributed by the agriculture agencies of the government.

“Let us altogether cultivate the seeds we receive to have an increased income and yield,” De Leon said.

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