A total of 1,716 bags of high-quality rice seeds were distributed by the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro to rice farmers throughout the province. Under the Rice Productivity Enhancement Program of the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office, registered and certified seeds were given to different Farmer Associations and Rice Processing Centers in time for the wet season cropping.
On June 17, 2021, Governor Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor and Mayor Leo Cusi spearheaded the distribution of 250 bags of rice seeds to members of the Bukluran Multi-Purpose Cooperative in San Aquilino, Roxas. The cooperative is one of the beneficiaries of the Mindoro Rice Branding Program, a banner program of PAGO that aims to further strengthen the province’s status as the foremost supplier of premium quality Mindoro Dinorado Rice. Similarly on June 14, 2021, the Naujan Farmers Association another Rice Processing Center and producer was provided with 500 bags of rice seeds. In all, a total of 1,555 bags of dinorado rice seeds were distributed to nine RPCs and Farmer Associations. Among the varieties distributed were Rc160 and Rc218 variety which is the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) registered variety for the dinorado rice.
Meanwhile, another 161 bags of registered rice seeds were dispersed to six farmer associations under the Binhian sa Barangay Program. This rice program aims to sustain the availability of high-quality seeds for rice farmers and enhance rice productivity. The distribution is spearheaded by Engr. Jefte Bay-ongan, Agriculturist II and the Provincial Rice Coordinator.