Tatag Hybrid (TH) 82 is a rice seed variety that is being propagated in South Central Mindanao which will reduce the costs of farmers, especially water.
Moreover, the Department of Agriculture partnered with SeedWorks Philippines Inc. in developing the rice seed variety in a 60-hectare demonstration farm in Sultan Kudarat.
Based on the report from Business World, the productivity is being test by dry-seeding.
“With dry-seeding, these farms which are only planted once a year can be planted twice a year,” Remus S. Morandante, SeedWorks ,vice-president for Sales and Public Affairs, said.
The said process is a Climate Smart Agriculture Technology, which ensures to help farmers to earn more from their respective farmlands. It also optimized upland rice fields and areas that depend on rainfall.
“The challenge before was the absence of appropriate rice varieties that could withstand the pressure of dry culture,” he added.
Seedworks is a Philippine crop science company that is under the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) Hybrid Rice Development Consortium.
Respectively, Sheryl Daulo of the Department of Agriculture mentioned that the department is looking forward to expand the project to regular farms depending on the result of the trials.
“We are looking at how we can help farmers in the region increase their incomes, and the seed variety is among those that we are considering,” Ms. Daulo said.