RJC-75: The Rice ‘Discard’ That Turned Out To Be A Big Winner

RJC-75: The Rice 'Discard' That Turned Out To Be A Big Winner
RJC-75: The Rice 'Discard' That Turned Out To Be A Big Winner
RICARTE J. CORPUZ from Laoag City is a Gawad Saka Awardee in 2012.

In 2012, Ricarte J. Corpuz of Laoag City was given three kilos of rice seed of a variety that was discarded by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). It was produced by PhilRice breeders but it was not one that they would recommend for commercial planting.

Anyway, Corpuz got it and planted it in his farm. To his great satisfaction, the three kilos yielded 28 cavans of 50 kilos each. That was 1.4 tons. He subsequently planted it twice a year in his farm and all the more he was convinced that the rice “discard” is a big winner. From one hectare during his last planting, he got 245 cavans per hectare, equivalent to 12.25 tons. That’s as high as the yield of the Bigante hybrid rice that he planted in his other one-hectare property.

What’s more, the plants are very sturdy. When a strong typhoon hit Laoag, the plants were toppled but on the third day, they were up again. On top of that, the eating quality is very good. It is smooth and soft. And since it is an open pollinated cultivar, the farmer can save his planting materials from his own harvest.

RJC-75: The Rice 'Discard' That Turned Out To Be A Big Winner
Grains of RJC-75 that is harvestable in just 75 days from transplanting.

Another desirable characteristic of the cultivar is that it matures in just 75 days from transplanting. It is therefore good to plant where the rain is uncertain. Corpuz calls his prize rice RJC-75ย which stands forย Ricarte J. Corpuz rice that matures in 75 days after transplanting 25-day-old seedlings.

Corpuz, 66, is a Gawad Saka awardee in 2012 with a cash prize of P150,000. He can be contacted at 0939-939-1356.

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