News Feature: The truth behind 'Angelica' rice

As the country’s leading institution for rice research, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) develops technologies that will make rice farming truly reviving and rewarding. With its goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency through research and development in rice industry, the Institute keeps on studying and discovering new technologies and breeding new rice varieties that would cater farmers’ needs with concern to climate change. One of the excellent varieties discovered and approved is the gorgeous NSIC Rc122.

'Angelica' rice
NSIC Rc122, popularly known as 'Angelica' rice whom was named after the stunning beauty of the governor of Agusan del Norte, Ma. Angelica Rosedell M.  Amante-Matba was finally approved in 2003 by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) from the line designation IR61979-138-1-3-2-3.
In terms of agronomic characteristics, “Angelica” rice has an average yield of 4.7t/ha and a maximum yield of 8.9t/ha.  It matures within 121 days after seeding (DAS), can attain a height of 106 cm, and can produce up to 14 tillers. 
NSIC Rc122 “Angelica” rice is resistant to the attacks of blast and stem borer and has an intermediate reaction to bacterial leaf blight (BLB),  tungro, brown plant hopper (BPH) and to green leafhopper (GLH). This variety has long grain and has a milling recovery of up to 65.4%.
When it comes to eating quality it rates medium that means quite good or even excellent that passed the standards considering the Filipino taste and other criteria before it became a variety.
It started to attract attention in the field after it was released in the year 2003.
Seeds of these varieties, along with other cultivars, were requested by and distributed in the dry season of 2005 to members of the Rice Seed Production Network (SeedNet) situated in the provinces of at least ten different regions.
For NSIC Rc122 alone, more than 800 kilos of breeder seeds were disposed by PhilRice-CES between January and September of 2004.
The National Seed Quality Control Services  (NSQCS), released the status of NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) rice seed production in the year 2013 dry season covering the whole Caraga region. As of March 26, 2014  data shows that in terms of area there were 0.08ha planted with NSIC Rc122  breeder seeds,  6.5ha planted with foundatio  and 8ha planted with registered seeds.
In previous year’s first cropping season, it is noted that there are seven hectares of land planted with NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) registered seeds and it doubled to 14 hectares in the cropping season in that same year 2013.
Meanwhile, the beauty and popularity of “Angelica” rice still linger in the heart, mind and field of the rice farmers especially in Caraga because to them it’s not an ordinary rice variety as it is but the persona behind is worthy to be named and remembered as such.

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