After harvesting 225 bags of NSIC Rc 480 in his 1.9-hectare farm, Petronio Nagac Jr. committed to adopt the recommended practices and technologies that were introduced to him through the PalaySikatan technology demonstration project of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program. It was his first time to harvest such a volume for the longest time after using inbred rice seeds.

“It’s time to follow these practices and let go of the old ones because if we keep being trapped in our traditional practices, we will not get a chance to achieve higher yield,” this farmer-cooperator from Brgy. Panoloon, Sapad, Lanao del Norte said.

In today’s PalaySikatan field day, invited farmers from the neighboring barangays of Panoloon witnessed the crop stand of Nagac and his fellow farmer-cooperators. As in other PalaySikatan sites, they used high-yielding rice varieties, farm machineries, Minus-One Element technique (MOET) kit – a nutrient-diagnostic tool, and other recommended technologies and practices to manage their rice areas.