The first Hybrid Rice Harvest Festival to be graced by a Philippine president, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, will be held on April 5, 2017 in the farm of the most progressive hybrid rice grower in the country – Ricardo Buenaventura of Brgy. Tabacao, Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
The Duterte administration has given all-out support to the hybrid rice sector aimed at increasing to one million hectares from 400,000 hectares the area to be planted with hybrid rice.
During the harvest festival, there will be recounting of success stories about farmers who have graduated from poverty to financial independence by planting hybrid rice. Aside from the president, speakers during the occasion include Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, Talalvera Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, SL Agritech chairman, and top hybrid rice farmers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.