MURCIA, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Farmer-cooperators here have achieved 1-ton increase in a techno demo farm showcased by Rice Seed System project in Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

Rey Canugon, one of the four farmer-cooperators, said he used high-quality seeds of NSIC Rc 222 and practiced the PalayCheck System, an integrated crop management system for rice.

Released in 2010, Rc 222 yields an average of 6.1t/ha and maximum of 10t/ha. Maturing in 106-114 days, the variety is moderately resistant to brown planthopper and green leafhoppers.

Meanwhile, PalayCheck System covers the principal areas of crop management, such as seed quality, land preparation, crop establishment, and management of nutrients, water, pests, harvest, and postharvest.

Canugon from Murcia, who is from the station’s host town, yielded 172 bags (45 kg per bag), up from his usual 145 bags.

Farmers under the project also participated in a modified Farmer Field School and training on seed production.

They learned about  nutrient management tools, such as the Leaf Color Chart (LCC) and Minus-One Element Technology (MOET) and  the agro-ecosystems analysis (AESA), an approach used in pest management.  Participants further learn the roguing technique or the removal of off-types.

The RSS project of DA-PhilRice Negros aims to improve the accessibility and availability of recommended and preferred rice varieties in Regions 6 and 7.

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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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