RICE SUFFIENCY A TOP PRIORITY UNDER PBBM

Masagana 150′ key agricultural focus of food security

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking into a “Masagana 150” program that will target to produce 150 cavans of rice harvest per hectare, Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista has said.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s father and namesake, the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., introduced Masagana 99 in the 1970s to prevent a nationwide rice shortage.

The program was designed to increase rice production by giving farmers high-yielding rice varieties, with the goal of promoting the country’s rice self-sufficiency by raising the average palay crop yield from 40 cavans per hectare to 99 cavans per hectare.

The Masagana 150 program, Evangelista said, would employ new technology in helping the farmers increase their yield. READ MORE

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