The Philippine government is planning to make Samar as the biggest seed production area of the country.
As stated in the report of Philstar, Department of Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel Piñol noted that San Roque in Northern Samar will be converted. Accordingly, the land conversion is eyed to be a seed production area center with 20,000 hectares. In addition, Philippine Rice Research Institute will develop high-yielding varieties in the center.
More significantly, Samar’s seed production area deemed to be the foundation of the recently-launched Samar Rice Development Program (SRDP).
“Under the program, a private seed production group will set up a nucleus farm of 200 hectares, establish rice seeds processing facilities and a refrigerated warehouse for the storage of the seeds,” Piñol said.
In addition to his statement, farmers of San Roque will engage in seed production contract where company will buy seeds from them by the help of the private seed production group.
Farmers will be provided with technical training, equipment and loan support. These supports came from DA and Philrice. Importantly, these agencies will also establish farm-to-market roads and irrigation systems.
It is expected that Samar will be the first beneficiary of the Tariffication Law due to development attributed by the new production area of rice. Thus, by 2020, a contribution of 1.2 million metric tons of paddy rice to the national production is expected from the SRDP. Consequently, this will make Samar as one of the major rice production hub in the Philippines.