By Gail Momblan October 22, 2019
ILOILO CITY ––The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) said here Tuesday that its organic rice production project will increase the yield of Ilonggo farmers in 2020.
Elias Sandig, PAO assistant department head, said that for this year, a total of 344 areas in the province had been dedicated to the organic rice program.
Each of the 42 towns and one component city of Iloilo has an eight-hectare land area planted with organic rice. Farmers are expected to get 80 to 100 sacks per hectare.
For the month of September, the province was able to harvest 154,000 metric tons of palay, with an average yield of four tons per hectare, Sandig said.
With the harvest in September, the total harvest of the province since January has amounted to 429,000 metric tons.
Sandig estimated that with the upcoming harvests from October to December, the province can harvest 800,000 metric tons.
“But 800,000 tons is far from our target, which is one million metric tons. Hopefully, next year, we can invest more in the organic project. We will have wider organic rice plantation and more harvest,” he said.
This year, the agriculture office has allocated PHP6 million for its organic rice production project.
He said the PAO eyes to cover 2, 016 hectares of organic rice in 2020.
Sandig said organic rice project can increase the chance of the province to improve its standing at the national rice production. “Right now, we are at the fifth spot,” he said.
The province nearly hit its one-million metric-ton mark in 2013 but it took a step down due to the effect of Typhoon Yolanda. (PNA)