TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Rice farmers from Barangay Ipil were invited for the sensory evaluation of cooked rice based on its cooking and eating quality traits.
Conducted by the Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Research Division, presented were 10 varieties of cooked rice such as NSIC -RC 222, RC 480, RC 580, RC 622, RC 624, RC 626, RC 632, RC 634, RC 636, and RC 218.
Aside from evaluating the aroma and flavor, tenderness and moistness, and stickiness of these rice varieties, the other criteria for consideration was which of these varieties are preferred by most farmers, and for future rice distribution projects by the PhilRice, according to John Chriswell Tulabis of DA-CAR.
Tulabis said that these are newly-released varieties of rice unknown to most farmers, with characteristics of high yielding both for wet and dry season, pest resistance, maturity and plant height.
At the end of the activity, the variety RC 632 is the top choice by the participants based on the indicators stated.
Personnel from the Office for the City Agricultural Services also participated in the said activity. By Darwin S. Serion