ILOILO – One thousand sacks of certified rice seeds will be distributed to farmers here before the first planting season this year.
The release will continue after Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. approved the purchase of P1.36-million certified rice seeds from Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center in Brgy. Hamungaya, Jaro, Iloilo City.
The governor also agreed to purchase 20 sacks of registered rice seeds worth 34,000 which will be used as community seed bank, a method used to provide seed security and conserve agro-biodiversity.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo, a sack of certified rice seeds is good for one hectare.
“A farmer will get one sack for one hectare. If he has more than a hectare, he will most likely be prioritized,” he said.
Toledo revealed that these certified rice seeds should have been bought last year but due the El Nińo forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, it was postponed.
In a related development, the Provincial Agriculture’s Office reported that they are close to finishing the distribution of 14,768 sacks of certified rice seeds from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) this month.
IFAD aims to help farmers recover from Super Typhoon Yolanda and it is implemented through the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas.
The Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), also under DA, has provided the province with 17,229 bags of fertilizers for rice, corn, high value crops and certified rice seeds.
The program also helped bought 926 sets of farm tools, seven wheel tractors and funded the Cash for Work for 379 farmers in Northern Iloilo. #2014News