DA awards Bukidnon as one of country’s top rice producers

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MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 05 Dec. 2020) – The province was awarded as one of the country’s top rice producers in the Rice Achievers Awards held by the Department of Agriculture on Nov. 27.

In the virtual ceremony held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall in Quezon City, DA Secretary William Dar spoke of the collective aspiration for self-sufficiency in rice. Ten provinces from Luzon and Mindanao were awarded.

Based on Philippine Statistics Authority data, Bukidnon has produced 469,468 metric tons of rice in 2019. This, according to the province’s public affairs office, made Bukidnon the top rice producer in Northern Mindanao, contributing to 61.6 percent of its rice supply.

Other Mindanao provinces that received the award were Lanao del Norte, also in region 10, and Davao Oriental. The Luzon provinces were Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Cagayan, and Zambales.

Their respective local government units received Php 4 million incentive.

“The cash rewards will be used to purchase farm machineries with implements intended for rice farmers,” according to a statement from the governor’s office, adding that the local government has been helping poor rice and corn farmers by providing seeds and fertilizers.

Meanwhile, Valencia City was recognized one of the outstanding cities for its support of smallholder rice farmers and for contributing largely to rice productivity. The city was awarded with Php 1 million.

The DA established the Rice Achievers Awards in 2012 as an annual event to recognize the efforts of outstanding rice-producing institutions, groups, and individuals for their contributions in the country’s food sufficiency thrust. The event is also led by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). (Mel B. Madera)

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