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60 rice farmers join survey on rising prices of fertilizers, fuel

In accordance with the quick survey on rice farmer’s response to the rising prices of fertilizers and fuel, 60 rice farmers from the Province of Siquijor were randomly selected to participate in the said survey initiated by the Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture.

Six barangays, three rainfed and three irrigated rice areas, with the most number of farmers were identified as survey environment.

Thirty rice farmers from the barangays of Cang-apa, Basac, and Catamboan in the Municipality of Larena were selected as respondents for the rainfed area and thirty rice farmers from barangays Catamboan, Gabayan, and Capalasanan in the Municipality of Lazi as respondents for the irrigated area.

Farmer-respondents answering the quick survey on their response to the rising prices of fertilizers and fuel, initiated by the Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture. (DA-PATCO)

The survey is in response to the rising prices of fertilizers and fuel for the past months.

Substantially, fertilizer prices have increased due to the increased demand but with limited supply of inputs as major fertilizer sources like China controlled its fertilizer exports to prioritize domestic demand.

Likewise, fuel prices continue to increase with the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Specifically, the survey seeks to evaluate the changes in fertilizer and fuel use of farmers, quantify the changes in the area planted, yield, and production cost, and determine the planting intentions for 2022 wet season of rice farmers.

With the data collected, report on the analysis of the potential effect of the increasing fertilizer and fuel prices on rice production cost and rice production performance of the Philippines for 2022 will be generated. (PR) 

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