Ilocos Norte to deploy ‘golden rice’ crops to local farmers

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Ilocos Norte is preparing to distribute “golden rice” seeds to local farmers in Northern Luzon this wet season to reduce the incidence of Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) among its residents.

“Golden Rice” is a rice crop that is beta-carotene-enriched.

Through a proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Philippine Rice Research Institute, Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Plant Industry, Agricultural Training Institute, and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, the planting of golden rice will be rolled out in the province for on-farm grain and seed production with selected farmer-cooperators.

Provincial Board Member and chairperson of the committee on agriculture Domingo Ambrocio, Jr. said on Wednesday, June 22, that this project is also in line of Draft Provincial Resolution 2022-06-511 which he sponsored.

Under this resolution, Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc will be allowed to enter into a MOA with the authorized representatives of the said inter-government agencies for the golden rice deployment in the province.

An initial 80 kilograms of golden rice will be planted during the upcoming wet season for grains and another 80 kilograms for seed production, he added.

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