More than 60 farmers attend the PalaySikatan field day April 24, 2023 of DA-PhilRice Agusan at Sampaguita, Veruela, Agusan del Sur.

The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) team of Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) Agusan tours the farmers. They explain the new varieties and technologies used to establish a successful crop standing.

A Farmers’ Forum was also conducted to provide a venue for farmers, partner agencies, and stakeholders to witness the performance of the rice varieties provided by the RCEF Seed program. Some of the rice varieties that were highlighted during the activity were NSIC Rc 160, Rc 216, Rc 442, Rc 402, Rc 506 and Rc 510.

PalaySikatan is a technology demonstration that showcases the modern, recommended technology, and methods in planting rice. It also features the mechanized production of two national recommended varieties, two regional recommended varieties, and two newly released varieties.

Present during the activity were DA-PhilRice Agusan represented by Sir Henry Jimenez and staff; Municipal Agriculture Office and staff; Barangay Official in Barangay Sampaguita and Farmers.

(Municipal Agriculture Office – Veruela, ADS, FB)