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Yap’s rice program succeeds in Bohol

BOHOL Provincial Governor Arthur C. Yap has claimed success in his administration’s program to increase food production amid health pandemic to improve the lives of the people.

Yap, a former Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary and former three-term congressman of Bohol’s 3rd District, said while ensuring that health protocols will be followed amid Covid-19 pandemic, he was also able to implement the successful hybrid rice program called Advanced Rice Technology (ART).

He cited as example the Art 160 where farmers target to harvest 160 cavans of rice per hectare. In the past years, the average harvest of hybrid rice was 120 cavans only.

“I am happy to discover that the farmers who joined the program have harvested 200 to 220 cavans of hybrid rice per hectare. Most of these farmers are in the towns of Talibon and Ubay. So, this is a proof that our rice program is achievable,” Yap said.

Yap divulged that being a former DA secretary, some Philrise officials whom he had worked during his time are still in their positions at present. The governor invited them to visit Bohol and teach the farmers how to increase their yields.

“Philrise officials visited Bohol, shared their technology on the right usage of fertilizer and water management. The most important is to use good quality of rice seeds for planting. Together with this technology, we have a clustered rice production,” Yap said.

They have separate production based on areas like 2,000 square meters, 5,000 square meters or one hectare with different production costs, hence, the clustering for easy management of an area and reduce cost of production.

“In that way, we can increase our harvest at the most affordable production cost possible. We can help the farmers at the time they will sell their rice produced. The price now will be competitive,” Yap said.

The governor said they have companion program on rain-fed rice field which is called ART 120, a technology for certified inbred. In the past years, the farmers had 60 cavans harvesting rate.  But in this clustered rice production program, they were able to increase the rice production from 120 to 140 cavans. 

“We started at three thousand hectares for hybrid rice in the ART 160 and another three thousand hectares in ART 120. We planned that in the coming planting season, we will increase that to five thousand hectares each for hybrid and rain-fed certified seeds,” Yap said.

Yap has urged the other farmers to join the movement and make it as a foundation in rice production.

“We should adopt the science-based technology to maximize the output of their farm areas,” Yap added. ELIAS O. BAQUERO