PhilRice notes improved rice production in 2020

Interventions implemented by the Department of Agriculture have led to higher rice production, the Philippine Rice Research Institute said.

PhilRice said programs supported the record high rice production of 19.3 million metric tons in 2020 through certified inbred seeds, hybrid rice seeds, and fertilizers.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed rice production increased by 2.6 percent last year from 18.8 million metric tons in 2019.

PhilRice said about 1.38 million bags of 20-kilo certified inbred seeds were distributed during the 2020 dry season and 2.29 million bags during the wet season under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

PhilRice added that around 144,000 bags of hybrid seeds were distributed through the National Rice Program.

Additional resources were made available to fund the Rice Resiliency Project under the Plant Plant Plant or Ahon Lahat Pagkain Sapat Program.

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