TALIBON, BOHOL – A total of 1,800 participants composed of rice farmers, LGU officials and DA employees from all over the country have witnessed and personally experienced  the 7th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF) held here on  September 19-20, 2018.


The forum kicked off with a field demonstration of high yielding rice varieties and field tour of 23-hectare techno demo at Barangay San Jose this municipality.


With the theme “Increased Rice Production through Hybrid Rice Technology,” the rice derby showcased 26 hybrid rice varieties being distributed by the country’s 10 private seed companies, which are locally adapted in the province’s soil and climate. Recher E. Ondap, Rice Board president said that the  NRTF is held in different regions twice a year to give farmers a variety of choices and help them achieve the highest yield possible through the use of hybrid rice coupled with modern technology.


Various topics were presented during the technology forum in the afternoon which included Hybrid Rice Technology presented by Dr. Leylani M. Juliano, Supervising Science Research Specialist of PhilRice. The DA programs and services were Dir. Marina T. Hermoso, DA 7 Regional Technical Director for Operations.


DA RFO 7 Regional Executive Director Salvador D. Diputado who represented secretary Manny F. Piñol shared the secretary’s marching orders during their last meeting which is to come up with a food security plan for every town/province/region to be submitted to the President.


In attendance during the 7th NRTF were Governor Edgar M. Chatto of Bohol; Hon. Leoncio Evasco Jr, Secretary of Cabinet; Bohol 2nd district Congressman Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado; Mayor Restituto Auxtero of Talibon;  and Bohol Acting Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas. The Bicol delegation is composed of ten participants. (Lovella P. Guarin/ photo by: Jun Collantes)