Farmers get free seeds, fertilizers to increase rice yield

For the current 2020 wet season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) under its Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) provides participating farmers free quality inbred and hybrid rice seeds, and urea (46-0-0 NPK) fertilizer.

Forming part of the DA’s umbrella program, popularly called “Plant Plant Plant,” the RRP aims to increase the country’s rice production, from last year’s adequacy level of 87 percent (%) to 94% by the end of 2020, equivalent to 20.341 million metric tons (MMT) of palay or 13.303 MMT of rice.

The RRP is expected to contribute an incremental harvest of 1.578 MMT of rice, roughly 12% of the projected 2020 production. The RRP has three components:

• Enhanced Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), that provides free urea fertilizer to farmers in 947 inbred rice-producing cities and municipalities;

• Expanded inbred rice production provides free inbred certified seeds and urea fertilizer to farmers not covered under RCEF; and

• Expanded hybrid rice production in suitable areas that provides free hybrid seeds and urea fertilizer. To date, thousands of farmers have received the following inputs:

• Enhanced RCEF — 69,781 bags of urea;

• Expanded Inbred — 18,172 bags of urea and 156,105 bags of inbred certified seeds; and

• Expanded Hybrid — 26,949 bags of urea and 267,791 bags of hybrid seeds.