DA­sus­tains or­ganic en­tity of heir­loom rice

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOPSTORIES -

THE DEPART­MENT of Agri­cul­ture Cordillera through its Heir­loom Rice Project (HRP) in part­ner­ship with Agri­cul­ture Train­ing In­sti­tute pushes for the preser­va­tion of the or­ganic en­tity of Cordi’s very own heir­loom rice thru the train­ing on In­te­grated Nu­tri­ent and Pest Man­age­ment for Heir­loom Rice Grow­ers held re­cently.

Heir­loom rice grow­ers in Benguet, Kalinga, Ifu­gao and Mt. Prov­ince were equipped with tech­nolo­gies and knowl­edge on in­te­grated nu­tri­ent and pest man­age­ment to im­prove their heir­loom rice pro­duc­tion and post-pro­duc­tion prac­tices.

“There must be bal­ance among natural or­gan­isms in the field,” ex­plains Jerry Batca­gan, PhilRice re­search spe­cial­ist. He pointed out in­sect pest man­age­ment is an eco­log­i­cally - based pest con­trol strat­egy that re­lies heav­ily on natural mor­tal­ity fac­tors and weather.

Batca­gan added con­trol by natural en­e­mies (bi­o­log­i­cal con­trol) is cheap, ef­fec­tive, and non dis­rup­tive of other el­e­ments of the ecosys­tem while elab­o­rat­ing the pres­ence of few in­di­vid­u­als of in­sects in the field does not in­di­cate they are in­flict­ing dam­age that may re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant grain yield re­duc­tion and does not nec­es­sar­ily con­sti­tute a pest prob­lem. When species pop­u­la­tion is higher than nor­mal, then they can be con­sid­ered as pests.

Fur­ther­more, bio-fer­men­ta­tion, which is a widely ac­cepted prac­tice for or­ganic prac­ti­tion­ers, was also in­tro­duced.

The project in­tends to

regis­ter heir­loom rice prod­ucts within the re­gion as or­gan­i­cally pro­duced for value ad­di­tion pur­poses and most of the com­mon rice tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped or ex­tended to pro­duc­ers does not con­form with or­ganic stan­dards.

Thus the need to in­tro­duce or­ganic way of nu­tri­ent and pest man­age­ment to heir­loom rice pro­duc­ers to im­prove their pro­duc­tion with­out los­ing the com­mon im­age of heir­loom rice which is or­gan­i­cally grown that has a great value in terms of value. DA-CAR Re­lease

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