It’s happening all over the planet. Climate change and global warming are triggering extreme weather patterns such as super typhoons and devastating draughts. In a tropical country like the Philippines, such anomalous weather conditions are detrimental to rice production and other agricultural endeavors.
Filipino farmers, in fact, are still recovering from their recent bout with El Niño, which caused drought and land degradation that significantly reduced the country’s rice production.
Although the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported that weather conditions would normalize in July, we must continue to prepare for more aberrant weather looming ahead.
Because rice, a water-loving plant, is severely affected by draught, there is a need for a hybrid rice seed that thrives during the dry season but likewise grows during the typhoon-afflicted months. Acknowledging this need, Taipan Brand Farm, Inc. (TBFI) recently launched PAC 801 (NSIC MESTIZO 60), a hybrid rice seed from Advanta Seeds, in several provinces across the country. This is part of Taipan Brand Farm Incorporated and Advanta Seeds’s commitment to providing high quality agricultural seeds to the Philippines.
TBFI introduces PAC 801 Hybrid Rice to farmers and families in various provinces across the country.
From May until June, this hybrid rice seed was introduced to farmers in Luzon—Occidental Mindoro, Bicol, Nueva Viscaya, Isabela, Pangasinan, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija; in the Visayas—Leyte and Iloilo; and in Mindanao—Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and North Cotabato.
B. T. Agri Ventures, San Jose, Pototan, Iloilo, gives PAC 801 Hybrid Rice to a farmers in several provinces for initial trial.
During the launch, Advanta seeds presented to farmers the advantages of choosing PAC 801 Hybrid Rice over other rice seed types as summarized in three important points: adaptability, harvest, and quality.
Ronald Dalumpines(right), technical Sales representative of TBFI along with Seraj Ahmad(left), Country Business Manager of Advanta Seeds gives PAC 801 Hybrid Rice seeds to Jessie Peollo a farmer after its launch for initial trial.
“The PAC 801 Hybrid Rice is adaptable to wet and dry seasons, enabling it to withstand unpredictable weather conditions.” said Bhupen Dubey, CEO of Advanta Seeds.
With a potential yield of 11 MT per hectare, regardless of the prevailing weather, PAC 801 is a productive choice for farmers all over the country.
“Seraj Ahamd, Country Business Manager said - In terms of quality, this hybrid rice seed produces 7.33-millimeter-long, slender grains. Long grain rice seeds are known to contain less starch, so the cooked grains appear light and fluffy”
Proper handling of the high-grade PAC 801 Hybrid Rice was also shared with the farmers during the launch. Pointers on seed and seedbed care, transplanting and seedling care, water and pest management, fertilization, and harvesting were discussed in order to ensure a PAC 801 harvest of the best possible quality.
Advanta Seeds represents a high quality seeds of Hybrid Rice and Genetically modified Corn in the Philippines.