CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Agriculture Secretary William Dar said there are only two ways to increase agricultural productivity in the country.
In his visit in Magalang town, Dar said increase in hectarage, and technology-based and innovation-based approach are the keys to enhance yield of farmers.
"Since we have only limitations for increasing hectarages due to the inadequate expansion area, the more formidable approach would be what I call technology-based and innovation-based approach. For example, there are newer varieties of rice that can give you six to 10 tons per hectare. So why continue to use those varieties that can only give you three to five metric tons," he said.
With this, he cited the importance of research, saying it should be a continuing responsibility among those in the agriculture sector.
"The outcomes of research must be considered as a technology that would improve productivity per unit area," he added.
He also mentioned about the hybrid rice technology, which is widely used in Central Luzon, especially in Nueva Ecija and Tarlac provinces.
"By using this hybrid technology in a big way, these provinces are yielding minimum of six to as high as eight to ten tons per hectare," the DA chief said.
Aside from the hybrid technology, he said they are now coordinating with Taiwan for digital agriculture, wherein Pampanga State Agricultural University will be considered as the showcase in precision and digital agriculture.
"When we say showcasing, they not only put up the facilities that would demonstrate the usefulness of greenhouse farming for one, of digital agriculture for another area, and all the aspects of precision agriculture. This will be an opportunity for research and or innovation to continue, so you need to adopt the newer precision and digital technologies under Philippine conditions before they scale up in a big way," he said.
Dar also assured that the agency will continue with its efforts to address the need to capacitate the farming and fishing sector to adapt to these newer technologies now. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)