Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Plant varieties of organic rice, farmers urged

The farmers in Negros Occidental were urged to plant varieties of organic rice so they can gain additional value in their production.

Edgar Libertario, PhilRice-Negros officer-in-charge, said that they have prepared programs to help the farmers choose the right variety of rice.

One of PhilRice’s programs, which is the Farmers Participatory Varietal Development and Palay Check, is designed to assist farmers in choosing the kind of variety and techniques they will use in rice farming.

Among the rice varieties were: aromatic rice, brown rice, purple and black rice and the ride variety.

They are all higher in price compared to the regular rice but have higher level of nutrients, vitamin content and has anti-oxidant property, Libertario said.

“We are like a big restaurant. We cater to every need of the farmers. We serve whatever is in demand and we will never give stuff which you don’t want to eat. We have everything including the technology. And since Negros is into organic farming, we will offer everything organic as long as it is anchored with science,” Libetario said

The province will be a good case study for the development of organic rice and its production, he said.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental had been pushing farmers to shift on organic agriculture and has shunned genetically modified organism-crops from entering the province.


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