Palawan Holds First Province-wide Field Day and Forum
Almost 2,000 farmers from to municipalities covering 29 barangays of Palawan recently gathered in Brgy. Inagawan, Puerto Princesa for the first Palawan-wide farmers’ field day and forum.
Inagawan is one of the sites of the Location-Specific Technology Development (LSTD) program in Palawan. The program, which aims for farmers to develop farming technologies that are best suited to their specific farming conditions, is PhilRice’s support to the national Rice Self-Sufficiency Plan.
The field day included a field tour, viewing of exhibits, ceremonial turnover of rice hull carbonizer and drumseeder, and farmers’ forum. Moreover, it featured farm demonstrations showing the modified dapog technology, use of drumseeder, biomass recycling, Palayamanan® system, nutrient management through the leaf color chart and minus-one element technique, rice seed production technique, carbonized rice hull, and the flatbed dryer.
Exhibits on rice and rice-related technologies, highlighting the PalayCheck ® system and the PhilRice Tapuy or rice wine, were also presented to the farmers.
Rice hull carbonizer and drumseeder were turned over to the 29 LSTD sites for use by the farmer-innovators and other participating farmers.
During the program, farmers also consulted and aired rice-related problems to a panel composed of experts from Phil-Rice, the National Irrigation Association, the City Agriculture Office, QUEDANCOR, and the local government units.
The event was conducted as part of the Palawan Give Me 5! Project, a collaborative effort between PhilRice, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 4B, Provincial Government Unit of Palawan, City Government of Puerto Princesa, and STRIVE Foundation to help farmers attain yields of 5 tons/ ha. The project is bannered by the LSTD program.
PhilRice Executive Director Ronilo Beronio considered the event a significant activity “that provides opportunity for the participating farmers, extension workers, local government units and officials, and other partners to gather and look into the Palawan Give Me 5! Rice Project as a key to attaining rice self-sufficiency in the province.” DA-PhilRice is a government-owned and –controlled corporation that aims at developing high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.
For more information, please visit or contact DA-PhilRice at Maligaya, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija with telephone number (044) 456-0285 loc 511/512 or any PhilRice station near you. You may also visit their website at www.philrice.gov.ph or text your questions to 0920-911-1398.