In support of the Siratang Food Basket Inititiave, partnership was sealed among Languyan LGU, MAFAR, and DA-PhilRice Midsayap to establish a rice model farm.

To showcase the performance of high-yielding rice varieties and boost the adoption of location-specific rice production technologies in Tawi-Tawi, a rice model farm will be established in 2023.

This is a joint effort of the Midsayap branch, the local government unit of Languyan headed by Mayor Abduhasan Ismail Sali, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) Tawi-Tawi.

The farm will rise in Brgy. Darussalam, Languyan in support of the development of some 100-hectare rice areas included in the province’s Siratang Food Basket Initiative.

Midsayap Branch Director Ommal Abdulkadil stressed the importance of using high-quality seeds and suitable rice production technologies to enhance the productivity of rice areas during the scoping activity and focus group discussions on Nov. 22.

This was supported by MAFAR Tawi-Tawi Province Chief of Operations Dr. Aida Jumli, who also shared past and current interventions of their office which may be springboards for the new cooperation. Aside from the technology demonstration, the station will also conduct capacity enhancement activities and localize knowledge products to boost acumen and skills in rice farming, which will help sustain production in the island province.

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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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