Organic rice field day
held in Bula, Cam. Sur
Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
December 11, 2012
The Pecuaria Development Cooperative, Inc. (PDCI), the leading
single producer of organic rice in Bicol region is among the
five certified organic collaborators chosen by the Department
of Agriculture nationwide for its project entitled Development
of National Organic Rice Seed Production Systems with Informal
Sector. The other four certified organic farms are the Central
Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija, Kahariam Realty and Farms
Inc. in Batangas, the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and
Rural Development Foundation Inc. and Bios Dynamis of South Cotabato.
Recently, the PDCI, with the Department of Agriculture conducted
Organic Rice Field Day attended by more than 300 rice farmers.
Organically produced aromatic rice varieties such as JM 2, Basmati
and MS 16, and traditional varieties RC 18 and RC 160 which are
being developed in a 1 hectare demo farm in the more than 800
hectare Pecuaria Rice Central in Lanipga Bula, Camarines Sur
were harvested during said field day.
Dante Fidel, National Seed Coordinator and Organic Agriculture
focal person of the Bureau of Plant Industry said the project
is being implemented by the DA- Bureau of Plant Industry and
funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research to support the
Philippine Organic Agriculture Law. Fidel also added that the
seeds produced from this techno demo will be procured by the
DA and will be distributed as starter seeds to farmers engaged
in aromatic rice production.
Dr. Santiago Obien, Senior Technical Adviser of the DA National
Rice Program was impressed with the PDCI's organized efforts
in rice production. He urged the farmers to spread the production
of aromatic rice varieties. He disclosed that NSIC RC 160 is
a high yielding variety developed in CLSU, while the MS 16 (Maligaya
Special ) developed by PhilRice has good eating quality. He emphasized
the continued support of the DA National Rice Program to the
Filipino farmers and promised to revitalize organic agriculture
in all areas of the country.
Ms. Adelina Losa, Region 5 Organic Agriculture focal person read
the message of Assistant Secretary Salacup who was not able to
come because of more pressing problems in Mindanao. In his message,
he commended the PDCI for being a model of an active and successful
farmers' cooperation advocating greater adoption and promotion
of sustainable agriculture through organic agriculture. In his
message, he commended the Bicol region for contributing 44% of
the country's organic crops production and for contributing 74%
to the total organic palay production from January to September
Also present during the field day were Ruel Gesmundo, Chief of
the National Seed Quality Control Services in Manila; Jesse Fernandez,
Senior Researcher of Philrice Bicol; former BAFPS Director Gilberto
Layese; Mayor Benjamin Decena; Miller Bicaldo, General Manager
of the PDCI and farmer cooperator Gener Bicaldo. (Lovella
of Organic Rice. (L-R)
Miller Bicaldo, PDCI General Manager, Adelina Losa, Bicol Organic
Agriculture Focal Person; Dr. Santiago Obien, Senior Technical
Adviser of DA National Rice Program; Jesse Fernandez, Senior
Researcher of PhilRice Bicol; Dante Fidel, BPI focal person for
Organic Agriculture and Ruel Gesmundo, Chief of the National
Seed Quality Control Services in Manila proudly show the rice
they harvested during the field day held at the Pecuaria Rice
Central in Lanipga Bula, Cam. Sur. Inset are the farmer participants.
Dr. Santiago Obien, Senior
Technical Adviser of DA National Rice Program addresses the participants
composed of members of Pecuaria Development Coop., Inc. and Cam.
Sur Organic Advocateurs Development Council (shown below).