Capiz farmers avail inbred rice seeds

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
allocated 78,171 bags of certified inbred seeds under the Rice Competitiveness
Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Program for distribution to rice farmers in Capiz.
Capiz RCEF focal person Nathally Buenbenida said that the allocated RCEF-
certified seeds were recently distributed in the province for the 2024 dry season,
which begins this month and will last until May 2024.
As part of the rice fund’s RCEF seed program, which focuses on the development,
propagation, and promotion of inbred rice seeds, some local seed growers,
cooperatives, and associations have received the certified seeds.
The certified seeds selected for distribution were those resistant to disease
outbreaks and insects, as well as seeds that could adapt to the local environment.
Out of 78,171 allocated certified inbred seeds, Dumarao town has the highest
number of bags with a total of 9,117, followed by the town of Tapaz with 7,752
bags, and 6,728 bags for the beneficiaries in Maayon town.
With this, a beneficiary from Roxas City said he is thankful for the free seeds from
the PhilRice.
“Salamat gid sa panibag-o nga binhi, kay may libre naman nga pangtanum kag
maayo pa ang kalidad (Thank you very much for the free quality seeds),” said the
beneficiary who refused to be named.
According to a statement from PhilRice, 4.27 million bags with 20 kilogram per
bag of certified inbred rice seeds would be distributed throughout the 2023 wet
and 2024 dry cropping seasons. (AGP/PLF/PIA Capiz)