DA, prov’l gov’t continue to distribute rice seeds to E. Samar farmers
BORONGAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture Field Office 8 (DA-8) and the Provincial Government of E. Samar continue to distribute high quality rice and corn seeds.
On June 10, the group led by Gov. Ben Evardone distributed more than a thousand bags of rice and corn seeds to more than a thousand rice farmers in Balangkayan town.
Evardone asked the farmers to increase their yield so that the province can attain food sufficiency.
Balangkayan has some 1,383 hectares of rice fields that yield some 4.0 mt/hectare according to Alvin Gesite, municipal agriculturist.
“This is some 70 bags per hectare,” said Ted Apura, provincial rice program coordinator.
Evardone challenged Mayor Allan Contado to assist his farmers to increase their yield.
“Importante an aton food security (Our food security is important),” the governor told the farmers.
Balangkayan town ranks 4th in the largest hectarage of rice fields where Dolores town is number 1 with more than 6 thousand hectares, followed by Oras with more than 3 thousand and Taft with 1,409 hectares.
Some P52-M has been set aside by the provincial government to support the “Rice Resiliency Project” of the DA and the “Food Sufficiency Program” implemented by the provincial government.
Based on the records of the provincial agriculturist, Virgilio Capon, during the last cropping from November 2019 to April 2020, it was San Julian town that produced the most rice per hectare at 5.1 mt while Quinapondan town has 4.0 mt and Dolores and Borongan at 3.5 mt and 3.4 mt, respectively.
“Kun tanan makaproduce hin 100 bags per hectare magiging “rice sufficient” manggud, says OPAS chief Virgilio Capon. (with Dondon Cainto/nbq/PIA E. Samar)