Capiz Produces High Palay Yield
Roxas City (20 January) -- Capiceños will have sufficient rice supply despite the El Niño forecast, says the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Capiz.
According to OPA Information Officer Teodoro Buenvenida, the Capiz rice production is still high.
Buenvenida said that as of December last year, the province was able to produce some 388,093.9 metric tons (MT) covering an area of 115,234.7 hectares with an average palay yield of 3.37 MT per hectare.
He said that last year’s production was higher than in 2008 which was only 372,808.2 MT from 113,2296 hectares with an average yield of 3.29MT per hectare.
Buenvenida said that the increase in palay production in Capiz last year was attributed to the Department of Agriculture’s Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFiP) and Certified (CS) Seed Subsidy program in partnership with the local government units of Capiz.
On the other hand, the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has provided more income to the agriculture sector, particularly to farmers.
Records show that as of December 31,2009, the country was able to produce some 3.63 metric tons of palay per hectare which is higher than the 3.07 metric tons palay yield per hectare in 2000.
The improvement in the palay yield in the Philippines was the result of the provision of rural infrastructure, technology as well as other farm support.
Accordingly, the increased farm productivity and income of farmers could also be attributed to the expansion in area of irrigated farmlands from 1.5 million hectares in 2000 to 1.8 million hectares last year.
Malacañang disclosed that the government, through the Land Bank of the Philippines, was able to provide farmers and fisherfolk some P150 billion in loans from 2001 to 2009, which was significantly higher than the P97 billion loans in 2000.
(PIA) [top] , by Jemin B. Guillermo