RESEARCHERS of Cavite State University (CvSU) in Indang have proven that Japonica rice can be grown successfully undr lowland conditions in Cavite province, particularly during the dry season.
Three varieties were experimented by a research team headed by Dr. Miriam Du-Baltazar, including MS11, Japonica 1 (NSIC Rc 220 SR) and Japonica 2 (NSIC Rc 242 SR). These produced yields ranging from 4.3 to 4.8 tons per hectare during the dry season.That’s 86 to 92 bags of palay per hectare at 50 kilos per bag. They did not do as well, however during the wet season. Only MS 11 yielded 2.7 tons per hectare or 54 cavans. The other two did not produce any yield.
Jaonica is a special rice that fetches a high price and is usually served in Japanese and other upscale restaurants. (AGPapa, CvSU)