Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija – In time of worsening crises confronting Philippine agriculture, a farmer-scientist network has shown that adaptation and mitigation to climate change can be achieved through agroecology and sustainable agriculture. MASIPAG unveiled its collection of rice varieties that are able to withstand the manifestations of climate change in agriculture such as drought, […]
Collection, Identification, Maintenance, Multiplication, and Evaluation (CIMME) of cultivars of rice and corn, indigenous vegetables, poultry, and livestock breeds. This program contributes to the network’s effort of creating self-sustenance and self-reliance among the farmers, realized by the POs through trial farm strategy. CIMME ensures that collected species and varieties are maintained in on-field seed banks for farmers’ access
- 747 traditional rice varieties (TRVs) and 105 traditional corn varieties collected and maintained;
- 1,205 MASIPAG rice;
- 180 farmer-bred rice;
- 188 MASIPAG Trial Farms, managed by farmers’ groups and individual farmers. Trials farms have a minimum of 50 TRVs and MASIPAG rice and are living community seedbanks. Farmers study and select adaptive varieties from the trial farms and design cultural management practices suited to their particular agro-climatic conditions;
MASIPAG has two national and eight regional backup farms where collected and saved seeds are conserved and improved.