will focus on distributing 2.12-million free seed bags for rice farmers in the country, which is expected to start from October to December 2019 in preparation for the dry cropping season.
These are Rc222, Rc216 and Rc160 which are also recommended by PhilRice
P1 billion for PhilMech, PhilRice
, the Agriculture Training Institute and the Technical Skills Development Authority for skills training for farmers
Partnering with the Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), PhilRice
started demonstrating the use of agricultural drones at WESVIARC's 2,500 square-meter demo field in this city.
She also lamented that PhilMech and PhilRice
are reportedly not yet ready to come up with their respective guidelines in disbursing their respective shares of the RCEF.
However, in areas with real time problems on irrigation, Maloom said PhilRice
is recommending that they wait for ample water supply before planting rice.
Executive Director Eufemio Rasco junior for his part, said the government is aware of the pressing need for alternative fuel to run farm engines.
IRRI has received support from JICA to manage the training and will work with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice
) to manage, host, and deliver the courses in the Philippines.
Fourteen-day-old seedlings were transplanted on 13 January at IRRI and on 9 January at PhilRice
. Hill spacing was 0.2 by 0.2 m with four seedlings per hill.
The remaining P1 billion is allocated to PhilMech, PhilRice
, the Agriculture Training Institute and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for the skills training of farmers in rice crop production, modern rice farming techniques, seed production, farm mechanization, farm machinery servicing and maintenance, and knowledge and technology transfer through farm schools nationwide.
'The apparent delay in the PhilRice
's production of its guidelines comes as an irony when it earlier cited that the Duterte administration wants to raise national average rice yield to 6 metric tons per hectare and cut production cost to P8 per kilo,' she said.
Aside from the unused fund, Villar also pointed out the delay in the release of PhilMech and PhilRice
's guidelines as to their respective implementation of the RCEF.