HARVEST FESTIVAL on the Ten (10) Hectare Hybrid Rice Model Farm

“Harvest Festival” or “Field Day” is usually conducted as a culminating activity in every technology demonstration established. This is to present the results of the technology showcased. The term harvest festival connotes joy, fun, and merry-making after the hardships in attaining the goal.

The Ten (10) Hectare Model Farm established at Sitio Matirem, Brgy. 57 Pila, Laoag City on October 4, 2017 showcased the package of technology adopted and the potential yield of the two (2) Hybrid Varieties (NK 5017 AND TH 82) and the Super-Imposed five hybrid varieties, NK 5017, BIGANTE PLUS, TH 82, PHB 79 and SL8H.  There were 19 cooperators involved in the techno demo project which was a joint undertaking of the Department of Agriculture, the Province of Ilocos Norte, LGU-Laoag City and Farmer-Cooperators.  The Department of Agriculture provided the seeds, 45 kg of TH 82, 105 kg of NK 5017, 1 kg of SL8h, 1 kg of PHB 79, 1 kg Bigante Plus, 200 sacks of Organic Fertilizer, 50 sacks of Complete Inorganic Fertilizer, 50 sacks of Urea Inorganic fertilizer and 10 sacks of Muriate of Potash. The LGU, through the City Agriculturist’s Office, provided the technical assistance, gasoline during the visitation and monitoring, and other office supplies. Farmer- Cooperator’ equity included the land, labor, and additional logistics.

The Yield Results of the Model Farm were presented as follows:

Variety                                 Computed Yield (kg) (Crop Cut)                                 ROI(%)

NK 5017                                                7,330.0                                                                  112.07

TH 82                                                     7,910.0                                                                  123.31

 

For the Super- Imposed Hybrid Variety

                Variety                                 Computed Yield (kg) (Crop Cut)                                 ROI(%)

NK 5017                                                7,210.00                                                               109.66

TH 82                                                     8,830.00                                                               140.10

BIGANTE PLUS                                   9,230.00                                                               147.01

SL8H                                                      7,920.00                                                               123.60

PHB 79                                                  8990.00                                                                 142.90

 

Based on the yield results and ROI, Bigante Plus was recommended. However, in terms of palatability and eating quality, NK 5017 was preferred. During the Harvest Festival,  participants were able to see the actual stand of these rice varieties, the agronomic characteristics, and the eating quality through taste test. Harvesting through the use of the combined harvester was demonstrated, showcasing the farm mechanization technology.

 

The activity was attended by DA-RFO I staff headed by Mr. Rodolfo Estrada Jr. who represented the DA Regional Executive Director, PGIN-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist’s Staff, Hon. Ferdinand Domingo, SP Member and Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Hon. Franklin Respicio, City Agriculture Office headed by the City Agriculturist Marilyn G. Martin, delegates from Bacarra, Solsona and Pagudpud, Laoag City farmer-leaders (BAFC) and the constituents of Brgy. Pila (Model Farm Site).

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