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More Rice Expected as Philippine Harvest Season Peaks

26 September 2013

PHILIPPINES - The Antique Provincial Agriculture Office expects an increased rice sufficiency level as the harvest season peaks this month.

Provincial Agriculturist Nicolasito Calawag said that the farmers here are harvesting rice planted during the first cropping or from the period covering the months of May to September depending on the variety of rice planted.

Mr Calawag said that this year they are expecting a 200 per cent self-sufficiency in rice because of an expected good crop yields.

Mr Calawag did not give a figure to support his claim because it is the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics that would release the official statistics of area’s production output, however he said that the rice are cultivated well and in good condition.

He said that farmers’ trainings and the good variety of seeds planted to their farms have contributed to the good health and condition of rice in the farmlands.

He said that the province’s sufficiency level last year was 198 per cent.

Mr Calawag said that the formula for rice self-sufficiently level is based on the interplay of rice production, per capita consumption and population.

Last year, the province’s rice production output was recorded at 240,449 metric tons. This year the province targets to achieve the goal of 250,000 metric tons of rice production.

Mr Calawag also said that the “habagat” or southwest monsoon rain which heavily affected several places in the country has not affected the province’s rice crop instead it provided sufficient water to the province’s rain-fed and irrigated farmlands.

The province of Antique has a total rice land area of 42,038.32 hectares. Of this figure 19,148.12 hectares are irrigated; 18,875.95 hectares are rain fed and 4,011.25 hectares are upland areas.

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