The seeds will be delivered to seed growers and members of the Irrigators Association and the Community Seed Bank Cooperatives in Leyte and Samar. To be sown during the dry season for seed production, all seeds produced will be distributed to affected farmers in time for the coming wet season cropping.
“Seeds are basic to the life of farmers. They need these seeds to rebuild their livelihood.” says Santiago Obien, senior technical adviser of the National Rice Program. Dr. Obien thanked IRRI during the ceremonial turnover of the second batch of high-yielding and newly released rice seeds at the IRRI Experiment Station on 8 January 2014.
The seed donations were arranged by IRRI’s Partnerships Office with the help of the Institute’s Experiment Station, which prepared the seeds.
From left to right: Department of Agriculture official Dr. Santiago Obien, IRRI's Julian Lapitan,
DA's Dr. Edmund Sana, Carlito Balingbing of IRRI experiment station, and Dr. Bruce Tolentino,
IRRI’s deputy director general of communications and partnerships, join in loading
quality rice seeds for farmers in Yolanda-stricken areas in Region 8.
Photo of turnover: IRRI Yolanda Donation 2014
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