Bayer And Department Of Agriculture RFO 12 Accelerate Hybrid Rice Adoption In Mindanao

Agriculture|October 2019

Bayer And Department Of Agriculture RFO 12 Accelerate Hybrid Rice Adoption In Mindanao
HYBRID RICE PRODUCTION leaps to another level through the collaborative efforts of Bayer and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XII (DA-RFO XII). Six months ago, both parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of a pilot project to boost hybridization in the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani, and Sultan Kudarat. Dubbed as Project 10k, the initiative aims to support the farmer recipients of Bayer’s flagship hybrid Arize®Bigante Plus under the DA Rice Program. This translates to 10,000 hectares of rice farm planted with said hybrid.

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

With hybrid technology, farmers can increase their yield by up to 20%. For this reason, hybridization is deemed as one of the solutions to help Filipino farmers run their business in this highly competitive rice market. In order to maximize the hybrid’s full potential, farmers need to be equipped with the right knowledge and farming techniques.

One of the pillars of Project 10k is training via Bayer Agricademy. Here, farmers learn about hybrid rice production including pest and disease management. “Most of the farmers are first-time hybrid users. As part of Bayer’s commitment to help hasten technology adoption, we bring this training platform to educate the farmers and impart our Much More Rice Package of Technology (POT)”, said Recher Ondap, Head of Seeds for Bayer CropScience.

Randy Robles, a farmer from Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat is a first-time hybrid user. He attended one of the Agricademy trainings held last June and found it extremely helpful. “I learned how to take care of my Arize®Bigante Plus crop through Agricademy. I can already see the difference versus my previous inbred. I know I will get a higher yield this time”, he said.

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October 2019