Samar gov to spearhead National Rice Tecnology Forum in Basey

Catbalogan City, Samar - Governor Sharee Ann Tan of the Province of Samar has expressed support in the conduct of National Rice Technology Forum slated on September 20-22, 2017 in Basey Samar aimed at arming local farmers with the use of modern hybrid rice farming technologies. 

Gov. Sharee Ann Tan (9th from left) joins the Stakeholder's Meeting conducted by Department of Agriculture Region 8 in Catbalogan City last July 11, 2017 in preparation for the National Rice Technology Forum this September. 
“The Provincial Government will support this endeavour. In fact, we are grateful that the Rice Board and the national government is one with us and hopefully will be with us in our quest for an aggressive rice production in the province,” the governor said during a Stakeholders’ Meeting in Catbalogan City. 

She also shared to the group that the province deems agriculture as an essential component in attaining the thrust of the local government on ecotourism, particularly in the flagship program dubbed as “Spark Samar”. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Recher Ondap, Rice Board President oriented the governor and other participants of the meeting on the brief history of the Rice Board. He highlighted that the group was created as an offshoot of the 2013 National Year of Rice, an advocacy campaign involving all stakeholders to lessen rice wastage, promote the right way of eating rice for better health, and increase rice yield. 

For his part, Dr. Frisco Malabanan of SL AgriTech and at the same time, Board of Trustee of the Rice Board, underscored that the said forum was pushed through in support of the goal of the current administration to devote one million hectares for hybrid rice production. He added,”We want to help the people of Samar. The bottomline of this activity is to improve the income of our farmers.” 

As of press time, the hybrid rice techno demo covering 12.6 hectares compact irrigated area serviced by the National Irrigation Administration in Sitio Manilaay, Brgy. Old San Agustin, Basey, Samar are already planted with rice by the participating seed companies and institutions. (Ruby Calesterio, Francis Rosaroso)
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