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Farmer from Antique Harvests Golden Rice for the First Time
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: October 26, 2022 11:40AM

A farmer from Antique, harvested an estimated four to five tonnes of
Vitamin A enrichedGolden Rice in 2022, and shared his satisfaction with
the variety.

The rice land in Sibalom, Antique, is one of the three pilot areas in
the province picked by the Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice
Research Institute (DA PhilRice) for seed production. The Department of
Science and Technology ‚?? Food and Nutrition Research Institute
(DOST-FNRI) has identified Antique as the second province in Western
Visayas with the highest prevalence of stunting in 2019. Stunting is a
symptom of Vitamin A deficiency, which Golden Rice is addressing.

‚??The stalks are sturdier compared to other seed varieties. It does not
get lodged‚??To my fellow farmers, I encourage them to plant Golden Rice
when the supply increases,‚?Ě said the seed grower, Emerson.

The harvested rice will be dried, certified, and then distributed to
other farms in the province to expand Golden Rice production.

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