Friday, May 20, 2016

Drought-tolerant Sahod Ulan 6 is farmers’ top pick in Davao Del Sur rice evaluation

MAGSAYSAY, DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines—Sahod Ulan 6, a drought-tolerant rice variety developed at the world’s leading rice research center, received high scores for its characteristics from farmers in Magsaysay during an evaluation of six new rice varieties.

Sahod Ulan 6 topped five other varieties where 32 farmers rated each one based on their preference and sensory evaluation of uncooked and cooked rice as part of a participatory varietal selection (PVS) activity in the province. Grown under rainfed conditions in Magsaysay, the six varieties were evaluated for their field performance, appearance of milled grains, and sensory features. Sahod Ulan 6 (NSIC Rc280) ranked first in aroma, taste, aroma, texture, color, gloss, and cohesiveness.  It also ranked first in three other sensory trials in Davao del Sur.

Sahod Ulan 6 was developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for rainfed lowland areas. Released in 2011, the variety can produce yields of up to 5.6 tons per hectare. It matures in 123 days and is moderately resistant to white stem borer and yellow stem borer.

The sensory tests,  held on 31 March, were conducted by the project, Accelerating the development and adoption of next-generation (NextGen) rice varieties for major ecosystems in the Philippines. NextGen promotes the farmers’ adaptation of high-yielding rice varieties suitable for each local ecosystem. The project is an initiative under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) and is being implemented jointly by IRRI, the Philippine Rice Research Institute, and local DA-Regional Field Offices.

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