Iloilo farmers expand rice output via SL Agritech Corp.’s hybrid seeds

22 Nov Posted by

Rice farmers in Iloilo—the rice granary of the Visayas—expanded their average output to 10.71 metric tons (MT) per hectare using the the SL-8H seeds from SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC).

Some 10,000 hectares in Iloilo are planted with hybrid-rice seeds, according to SL Agritech.

Despite the severe El Niño, Iloilo remains to be a rice surplus province, especially as farmers ventured into SL-8H hybrid rice that sent yield average to 4.09 MT per hectare.

This is an overall increase of nearly 1 MT (0.86) per hectare compared to the 2015 average of 3.23 per hectare (based on the Philippine Statistics Authority) for the entire Iloilo, according to Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Elias V. Sandig Jr.

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Nueva Ecija tiller sets hybrid rice yield record

16 Oct Posted by

by Ric Sapnu, Manila Bulletin

SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – Innovation in application of fertilizer makes a Novo Ecijano farmer a record maker in hybrid rice yield. 

The 51-year old Edgardo “Jose” Marcelo from Brgy. Guimba, Nueva Ecija, harvested 16.63 metric tons (MT) per hectare in the last harvest season, the highest reported yield, after mixing organic fertilizer with inorganic fertilizer on hybrid SL-8H.

Marcelo’s yield in the last dry season was 308 cavans from his 1.3 hectare farm. This effectively hit 297 cavans per hectare as bagging was at more than 60 kilos per cavan. 

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Sterling Group starts exporting fruits in addition to hybrid rice

16 Sep Posted by

Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin

Diversified conglomerate Sterling Paper Group of Companies, headed by CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong, wants to expand its export business by selling fruits and vegetables in countries like Dubai, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, among other countries.

Sterling Group, which started as a maker of photo albums and stationeries, already started exporting banana and mangoes abroad through SL Agrifood Corp., a newly built subsidiary that the company wants to expand in the next few years.

We just started exporting fruits through SL Agrifoods. We export bananas and mangoes depending on the season,” Michelle Lim-Gankee, assistant to CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong, said in an interview during the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Sterling Group held in Pasay.

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