Philippne agriculture department project promotes clustered hybrid rice farms

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The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched a project that will establish clustered hybrid rice farms in different parts of country to showcase hybrid rice production and promote is adoption.

The department will use the cluster farms for collecting field data on recommended hybrid rice varieties, technologies and management practices and showcase the clustering approach for production, harvesting, processing, and marketing.

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