Optimizing rice production in over 100,000 hectares(ha) planted to upland rice nationwide can significantly increase national rice production. And wise seed selection is important in achieving this goal. But the problem is upland rice varieties are scarce.
There are only more than 10 upland rice cultivars, yet there are over 70 rice strains for irrigated lowland environment, according to Dr. Edwin G. Hondrade, program director of the Pagkain Para sa Masa (PPSM) program based in University of Southern Mindanao. Given such limited strains, selection of seeds becomes more imperative.
Good thing that there are quality rice seeds in the market and there are also promising ones understudy.