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Fungicide boosts rice production

April 24, 2010

Agri Plain Talk

By ZAC B. SARIAN

April 23, 2010, 2:09pm

Different technologies that could help boost rice production in the country will be showcased at the Rice Expo to be held on April 27 to 30 at the Syntech Research Station in Purok 2, Brgy. Sta. Arcadia in Cabanatuan City.

One of the technologies less known to many rice farmers is the use of a fungicide that can effectively control fungal diseases like sheath blight, leaf spot, dirty panicle and sheath rot. The fungicide called Armure 300 EC, can increase rice yields by 10 to 20 percent, according to Napoleon Saavedra, a top technical man of Syntenta. This has been proven not only in the Philippines but also abroad.

The usual trouble, according to Saavedra, is that it is sometimes difficult for farmers to identify these diseases so that they don’t bother to take preventive or control measures. In the end, they usually get a low yield from their rice crop.

Saavedra says that aside from producing high yield, the grains produced are heavier and are of higher quality. One farmer from the town of Quezon, Nueva Ecija, attests to this. He is Delfin “Boyong” del Rosario who said that when he was not yet using Armure, one sack filled with palay from plants unsprayed with the fungicide weighed only 45 to 50 kilos. The same sack filled with grains harvested from plants sprayed with Armure now weighs 57 to 59 kilos. That is why he has been using this chemical continuously for the last nine years.

Saavedra explains that the flag leaf of the plants treated with Armure remains green even if the grains are already golden yellow or about to be harvested. The flag leaf is the part of the plant that manufactures food for the grains and this is the reason why the grains tend to be fuller and heavier compared to the untreated.

He adds that the base of the plant becomes cleaner as well and free from diseases. The incidence of dirt y panicle is also minimized when treated with Armure.

The fungicide is sprayed only twice during the cropping season. The first spraying is done at 30 to 45 days after transplanting or direct seeding. The second application is at 60 to 75 days after transplanting or direct seeding. The latter application helps in the grain-filling process and at the same time keeps the grain clean.

By the way, the opening of the rice expo on April 27 will be attended by officials of the Department of Agriculture, PhilRice, UP Los Banos, PCARRD, IRRI and other research and academic institutions, and local government unit staff involved in agricultrue.
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AGRI-KAPIHAN SUNDAY. There will be an Agri-Kapihan Sunday, 8 to 11 a.m., at the courtyard of the radio station DWWW, 23 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City. This is near the corner of D. Tuazon and E. Rodriguez. This is a monthly forum held every last Sunday of the month. It is a project of the radio program “Kaunlaran sa Agrikultura” hosted by Tony S. Rola, Nina Manzanares-Agu an this agriculture editor.

The Agri-Kapihan is open free to the public. It is where people interested in farming and gardening meet to listen to speakers on timely topics, including new farming technologies such as the care and management of high-value vegetables, organic farming, free-range chicken production, mariculture, livestock production, food processing and many others.

Among those who advised that they will be attending are the members of the Vegetable Gardeners Club of the Manila Bulletin who have been growing their own vegetables in plots as well as in containers. Two balikbayans from the US and Canada who said they will attend are Bon and Nanette Esguerra. They are in the process of developing a hobby farm of fruit trees in San Jose del Monte City.

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