THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) targets further boosting palay production nationwide through increased planting of Mestizo 20 hybrid rice variety so the country can even better achieve its food security and rice self-sufficiency bid.
“For such variety, we’re targeting an initial 100,000 hectares of land in the next two years,” said PhilRice executive director Dr. Eufemio Rasco Jr.
He said PhilRice is already producing Mestizo 20 seeds so more farmers can plant these.
PhilRice is bullish about Mestizo 20’s contribution to Philippine palay production, reporting this variety has more yield than the inbred variety NSICRc 160 farmers commonly plant at present.
“Mestizo 20 yields some 140 cavans per hectare,” Rasco said. NSICRc 160’s yield is about 100 cavans per hectare only, he noted.
He clarified that yield for both varieties exceeds the traditional rice variety Sinampaguita’s 30 cavans per hectare.
The country’s sole demonstration rice garden located in Metro Manila’s Rizal Park features all the three varieties.
PhilRice further reported Mestizo 20, NSICRc 160 and Sampaguita mature in about 111 days, 107 days as well as 150 to 180 days, respectively.
The Department of Agriculture continues supporting PhilRice’s efforts to promote use of certified and hybrid rice seeds. Certified seeds are pure, clean and have a minimum germination rate of 89 percent, PhilRice said. [PNA]