Organic Upland Rice Seed Production in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

Organic Upland Rice Seed Production in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

Organic Upland Rice Seed Production in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines


โดย Celerina T. Miranda and Czarina Nova V. Pini






Rice plays a dominant role in crop production for upland areas in the Philippines. It is the key crop in agricultural land use. The passage of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, otherwise known as RA 10068 signals a paradigm shift in agricultural production from conventional to organic agriculture. It is the state’s policy to promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture that will cumulatively condition and enrich the soil and increase farm productivity. Giving importance and full support to the genetic improvement and technology will not only complement the production in the lowland areas but a good and safe source of food for our enlarging population. Growing of Organic Upland Rice in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines was a traditional practice of our farmers in the marginal areas. However this practice was not given importance because of only small areas and production is low. This project aims to harness the potential of upland rice ecosystem as one source of rice supply in the province, to purify and mass produce indigenous rice cultivars collected in the province. The Seed production area was established at the Department of Agriculture-Nueva Vizcaya Experiment Station Tapaya, Villaros, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines with an area of 2.0 hectares hilly area planted with different traditional rice varieties coming from different municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya like Galo lines from Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines Mindoro lines from Sta Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines and Palawan lines from Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. Implemented and adopted the technologies that are Organic-based, those are acceptable by farmers and suit in the local condition and in accordance with their level of investment. The produce seeds were distributed to farmers through Community Seed Banking (CSB) program which is an extension tool to increase farmer’s access to seeds. Traditional upland rice’s are the most valuable rice produce and it is strongly patronized because of its good eating quality and savourness. A seed system service was offered to 10 farmers in municipalities where 5 hectares were planted and harvested. The production was redistributed to 20 farmers in the municipalities of Villaverde and Aritao,

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