Two top performing CHRLs wows Ilocos Norte farmers

The two top performing Chinese Hybrid Rice Lines (CHRLs) – LP 937 and LP 952, amazed the farmers and participants of the recently conducted Farmer’s Field Day for the Techno-Demo of the Chinese Hybrid Rice Lines held on February 23, 2016 located in Brgy. Alejo Malasig, Vintar, Ilocos Norte.

Based on the actual yield results presented by Melda A. Quilala, agricultural technologist of Brgy. Vintar and, LP 937 tops the techno-demo with a total yield of 10.83 tons per hectare (216 cavans per 50kg) while LP 952 is close behind with 10.05 tons per hectare (208 canvans per 50kg).

“I prefer the LP 937 over LP 952 because its seeds is much bigger, the panicles are longer and we can see a very good crop stand,” said Milenio Macaraeg, 64, farmer of Brgy. 7, Vintar, Ilocos Norte

Carlos C. Abon, Jr., TPDD head of PhilSCAT was pleased about the result of the techno-demo and said, “although LP937 tops the techno-demo, still they both resulted 10 tons on their average yield and it is a good thing we can even join the ‘Palayabangan: 10/5 Challenge’ of the Department of Agriculture” .

The ‘Palayabangan: 10/5 Challenge’ is a national search for the best practices that can produce a harvest of 10 tons yield (or 200 cavans) per hectare at P5 a kilo. A project to boost agricultural productivity and curb rice smuggling in the Philippines.

In his message, Abon promoted the advantages of using hybrid rice over inbred rice and how it will help the country achieve food sufficiency.

Also present in the event are Ms. Lolita Raposas, senior agriculturist of Vintar; Hon. Jay R. Agcaoili, farmer cooperator; Hon. Claudio C. Agcaoili, chairman of Vintar; Norma C. Lagmay; provincial agriculturist; Edwin Cariño, Special Project chief; Mr. Cheng Liangji, PhilSCAT co-director; Mr. York Yi, Longping HighTech general manager (PROC); Hon. Zhao Qiaoliang, Chinese Embassy consul and head of post in Laoag City.

PhilSCAT gave away 20 kilos each of LP 937 and LP 952 and another 27 kilos of M38 hybrid rice seeds to the farmers of Vintar and its neighboring communities as a token for their participation to the said event.

Meanwhile, Mr. Zhao continue to nurturess the friendship of the two countries-China and the Philippines and even bought 5 tons of LP 331 hybrid rice seeds at Longping HighTech to be given away to the farmers of Ilocos Norte this April 2016. PPBernal

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