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DA and Seed Growers’ Cooperatives MOA Signing

Author: DA Communications Group | 1 October 2019

Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with top Seed Growers’ Associations and Cooperatives in the country to ensure the supply of high-quality inbred rice seeds under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program on October 1, 2019.

The two million bags of seeds, each containing 20 kilos, will be planted to around one million hectares of rice land, and will benefit one million rice farmers in the country.

The seed growers’ associations and cooperatives that entered into an agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) are: 1) Pangasinan Organic Seed Growers and Nursery Multi-purpose Cooperative, 2) Isabela Seed Growers Multi-purpose Cooperative, 3) Nueva Ecija Seed Grower Multi-purpose Cooperative, 4) South Nueva Ecija Seed Growers Multi-purpose Cooperative, and 5) West Visayas Federation of Multi-Purpose and Seed Producers Cooperative.

These cooperatives, accredited by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) National Seed Quality Control Services, are the top seed growers in the country that make up 25 percent of the total requirement to supply the two-million bags of high-quality inbred rice seeds under the RCEF Seed Program. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)