The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas has completed the distribution of hybrid seeds under its Rice Resiliency Project to local government units in the region, with Negros Occidental getting more than 21,000 bags.
It delivered a total of 68,234 bags of hybrid seeds to LGUs, with 30,626 bags to be distributed to 24,463 farmers.
Iloilo province received the bulk of the seed allocation at 32,579 bags, followed by Negros Occidental with 21,364, Antique with 9,675, Aklan with 2,705, Capiz with 1,470, and Guimaras with 441 bags.
The Rice Resiliency Project is under the Agri 4Ps Program of the DA that aims to increase local rice production to combat global trade uncertainties, and ensure food availability, accessibility, and affordability, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said.
Under the project, Negros Occidental also received 64,092 bags of urea fertilizer as a component, he said, adding that these were already distributed throughout the province based on irrigated areas.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday led the turnover of 997 bags of hybrid rice seeds and 2,991 bags of urea fertilizer for distribution to farmer-beneficiaries in Himamaylan City.
The turnover ceremony was held at the Capitol grounds in Bacolod City, and attended by Board Members Andrew Montelibano, Agustin Bascon, and Rita Gatuslao, Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson Jr., Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao, Masculino, and other officials.
Masculino said that Himamaylan City already received an allocation of 1,090 bags of hybrid rice seeds and 3,270 bags of fertilizer, but due to the increase in the number of rice farmers who enrolled in the city’s Registry for Basic Sector in Agriculture, the additional allocation was requested and approved.*
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