Defensor vows support for IRRI’s ‘Dapitsaka’
JULIAN Lapitan (2nd from right), manager of the National Programs Relations Office of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Elias Sandig of the Provincial Agriculture Office visit Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. Wednesday. (ECGarcia)
THERE is hope that the participatory action research project of the Internal Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Iloilo provincial government dubbed “Dapitsaka” (Dapitay sa Kaumhan) initiated in year 2000 will be given new breath under the administration of Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.
This was learned during the recent visit of IRRI National Programs Relations Office manager Julian Lapitan to Defensor where the latter assured funding for the project.
Dapitsaka was initiated in 2000, during the last term of Defensor to address tungro and rat infestation and adverse soil problems in 14 municipalities of Iloilo province.
The project ended in the year 2005 after the succeeding provincial leadership did not allot funding.
Nevertheless, IRRI maintained the Dapitsaka test site in Pili, Ajuy which is used for the testing of new varieties developed specifically for different farm conditions in Iloilo.
With Defensor’s assurance of support, Lapitan is hopeful about the revival of the Dapitsaka project.
Meanwhile, IRRI is currently intensifying its cyber village project in which two of 11 pilot sites are in the towns of Dingle and Oton, Iloilo.
Lapitan said the cyber village project which started last October 2010 is in collaboration with the local government units for the speedy transfer of rice technology.
Lapitan said the project’s primary purpose is to enhance the knowledge of the farmers through the use of modern technology like the internet and cellphones. (ECGarcia)