by Ann Marie Susbilla
Two varieties of rice – the malido and kaporkas performed well out of the five varieties planted in techno-demo sites in the municipalities of Anilao, Iloilo and Jordan, Guimaras.
A one-kilo of seeds per variety were planted in a 250 square meter area and were given the same treatment as to fertilizer, irrigation and cultural practices.
According to Henry Noynoyan, president of Anilao Farmers’ Association kaporkas yielded 42 kilos in Anilao and malido produced 26 kilos in Jordan.
“Upland farmers preferred these two varieties because of their aromatic smell, high yield and early maturity,” Noynoyan said.
He added that the Upland Rice Development Program Community-based Palayamanan Farmers Field School (FFS) taught the group on the right process of soil analysis, farm management and pest control measures.
Other varieties planted by the farmer-cooperators were Laka and Kalotak which yielded 19 kilograms and Pilit which gave a 15-kilogram yield.
Farmers also planted PAKBET vegetables to maximize their respective techno-demo areas and apply what they have learned on the FFS.