Cordillera Farmers Selling Heirloom Rice

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Cordillera farmers will soon sell their highly-prized heirloom, glutinous rice varieties in the export market. This possibility loomed following the call of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala for farmers to produce basmati and wild rice strains for the higher end of the global market. Glutinous colored rice, generally called heirloom rice, commands a higher price than ordinary rice strains, the Department of Agriculture (DA) says. Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) also confirmed that heirloom rice is prized for its exceptional cooking quality, taste, texture, color and nutritional value. One problem with heirloom rice cultivation is the generally low yield and the fact that Cordillera farmers devote only small plots for the expensive variety. DoST has been doing work on raising heirloom rice yield through the Highland Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium. In the town of Barlig, Mt. Province, the farmers worked on the experience of Magsasaka Siyentista Ashley Lamaton in Chupac, Kadaclan, Barlig to develop appropriate technology interventions to increase heirloom rice yields. …