Farmers in Zamboanga Peninsula will soon have better access to quality rice seeds as the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) signed a memorandum of agreement to build the Institute’s second satellite station in Mindanao, December 4.
The first satellite station is based in Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon with 96-hectare rice seed production farm.
“We are trying our best to increase the supply and access of quality rice seeds and having this additional seed center would be instrumental to materializing such vision,” said PhilRice’s Acting Executive Director Dr. Sailila E. Abdula.
The P6 million-worth seed center, hosted by WMSU, is mainly designed to produce foundation, registered, and certified seeds of inbred and public hybrid rice varieties that are suitable for the region’s climate and topography. WSMU is located in Normal Road, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.
WSMU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho said hosting the satellite station at the College of Agriculture in San Ramon, Zamboanga City would help the university position itself as the center for rice research in the region.
Under the supervision of PhilRice Midsayap, the satellite station will also conduct participatory varietal selection and multi-location testing of early generation and elite lines of rice varieties.