Western Visayas is now expanding its plantation of aromatic white rice variety to export market abroad, revealed by Department of Agriculture -6 director Larry Nacionales.
Nacionales said their try out export last year in Hong Kong simply indicated that this variety has a big market potential to other countries, too.
Nacionales said this rice variety was taken originally from India but later developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) of which, Region 6 is one of the beneficiaries of this variety.
The director added the one sack of rice which was given to them was planted in three-hectare land owned by Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (Westviarch) in Sitio Hamungaya, Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro, here.
The variety was later distributed to other farmer beneficiaries particularly in town of Calinog, Iloilo for reproduction purposes.
Apart from several producers in Calinog town, the director said that there are also other producers of the same variety in provinces of Aklan, Antique and Negros Occidental.
“This is good news to us that Region 6 is now producing this quality aromatic white rice which we want to export market in this cropping period”, he said.
Nacionales said one-kilo of this rice is cost P 160.00 from direct suppliers however, the price is much higher to markets.
DA Sec. Proceso Alcala also wanted to promote this rice to other countries like Korea.
Proceso stressed aromatic white rice could be buyable to other countries because of its aroma and nutritious level compared to other rice varieties.
He added this variety will be included among other quality rice varieties in the country to export to selected markets abroad.
Among to export are special rice varieties such as colored rice (black, red, pink, brown and purple) and long grain white rice. IMT