Three farmers in Malinao, Aklan have different stories to tell about their lives, but they are one in saying they are benefiting much from the new rice technology.
For Arlene Infante, Stephen Inac, and Rodiel Intenta, a greater portion of their traditional rice farming practices have been discarded and their yields have been increasing as a result of learning the new rice technology.
Arlene, 45 and a mother of three, started learning her farming tricks at an early age. When she grew older, farmers already hired her to transplant rice seedlings. She started to cultivate a small area for rice production on her own when her children were still very young. For her one-fourth hectare farm, all she needed were two panegas of seeds, weighing 26 kilograms (kg), for direct seeding. That was much too many seeds, but farmers in Malinao have been using this seeding rate all along.