DA-Caraga prepares for 11th national rice technology forum
BUTUAN CITY, June 15 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga, in collaboration with Rice Productivity Advocacy Incorporated (Rice Board) and local government unit (LGU) of Butuan, is now preparing for the 11th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF).
The DA continuously intensifies its campaign for the adoption of hybrid rice technology among local farmers. This is to further convince farmers by showcasing the best farming technologies through the collective efforts by the national government, LGU’s, farmers, and the private sector.
A technology demonstration will be established in the three barangays in Butuan City, namely Lemon, Basag, and Ampayon with a total area of 100 hectares.
With around 40 participating farmer cooperators, the demo farms will be established in collaboration with the agri-companies, namely SL Agritech Corporation, SeedWorks, Bioseed, Ramgo, Bayer, Pioneer, Syngenta, Advanta, LongPing, and PhilSCAT alongside the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).
DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said that NRTF is part of the strategy of the department to intensify the efforts in increasing the yield and productivity of farmers and ensuring food sufficiency, availability, accessibility, and affordability.
“Food is the vital commodity especially now as we are overcoming the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our mission to bring to the farmers the latest technology in rice production. This can be achieved through our partnership with the rice industry stakeholders,” Monteagudo said.
In an interview with Renante D. Polistico, farmer cooperator from Brgy. Basag, Butuan City, he said he accepted the project for him to acquire the latest technologies on rice production.
“In my 14 years of rice farming this will be my first time to grow hybrid rice, I am excited to learn and I am looking forward to increasing production for this wet cropping season. I am grateful for the DA for this opportunity,” Polistico said.
Farmer cooperators are now on its land preparation in their respective areas. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)