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Hybrid rice more profitable than inbreds

May 8, 2010

May 7, 2010, 2:04pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- Region 02 elite farmer-leader extensionists (FLEs) have proven that planting hybrid rice seeds is more profitable than planting inbred rice seeds because of greater yield.

The results were taken from the various technology demonstration farms conducted by the 90 FLEs as well as commercial hybrid rice farmers in the irrigated areas of Region 02 during the 2009-2010 dry crop season, the cropping season where El Niño phenomenon was experienced in the region.

Department of Agriculture RFU 02 Regional Technical Director Valentino C. Perdido said that the hybrid rice yielded an average of 188 cavans per hectare. This is about 80% higher than yields from inbred varieties grown in the same site.

“In fact, the highest yield from hybrid rice was recorded in San Antonio, Burgos, Isabela which is 266 cavans per hectare,” Perdido added.

Aside from these farmer-leader extensionists, their respective five trainee farmers in different locations who experimented planting hybrid rice were also convinced that they will use the same type of seeds (hybrid) because it gave higher yields than inbred, a result similar with that of the techno-demoonstrationss.

Furthermore, they found out that the rice type (hybrid) is resistant to rice blast and moderately resistant to most insect pests found in their localities specifically, brown plant hoppers.

Actual farm experiences showed that the farmer-leader extensionists favored the SL-8 Jolly Rice (Bioseed), Mestizo-1 and Bigante hybrid seeds because of high yield performance.

With this consensus, the municipal agriculturists of the different local government units (LGUs) and DA RFU 02 management decided that massive planting of hybrid rice seeds will form part of the El Niño mitigation package.

“As such, it could be a mitigating measure to offset part of the losses due to El Niño by maximizing productivity in non-vulnerable areas through hybrid rice production,” the DA official finally said.

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