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Palay output hits record high in 2013

Local farmers despite the spate of calamities that hit the country, were able to produce 18.44 million metric tons (MT) of palay in 2013, the highest ever recorded in Philippine history.

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Palay production according to the Department of Agriculture reached record high in 2013 despite the series of natural calamities that rocked the country last year. (Photo fro DA’s website)

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala led the recognition and awarding of top producers of palay via the National Rice Achievers (NRA) awards held recently at the Newport Performing Arts Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

Although 3 percent short of its rice production target, the overall yield posted was 97 percent based on the 20.04 million MT target.

Alcala cited the local chief executives of rice-producing provinces, municipalities and cities for continuing to partner with the government in its drive to attain food self-sufficiency.

He also expressed his gratitude to farmers and irrigators associations, and agricultural technicians for their invaluable contribution in attaining the historic feat.

“We value your role in ensuring safe, nutritious, affordable, and sufficient supply of food for the Filipino people,” Alcala said.

Alcala also challenged the provincial governors to implement programs that will increase farmers’ production and income.

In addition, he campaigned for the integration of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in rice to improve the quality of palay in preparation for intense domestic and global competition, as well as the use of appropriate modern technologies to boost overall production.

A total of P117.42 million worth of project grants and cash prizes were given out to the 2013 NRA awardees.

There were 12 provinces, 48 municipalities, 10 Irrigators’ Associations (IAs), three Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs), and 496 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) NRA awardees.

Each province received P4 M worth of project grant, while municipalities received P1 M worth of project grants.

The IAs and SWISAs each received P1 million and P500,000 respectively while AEWs were each given P20,000 cash prizes.