MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture will allocate an initial P90 million to focus on clustering areas for its hybrid rice program to further improve the production of  palay (unhusked rice) amid a liberalized regime.

DA technical advisor for hybrid rice program Frisco Malabanan said the clustering program of three regions would begin during the wet season with planting to start in May and June.

At least 100 hectares per cluster will be planted with high-yielding varieties with an allocation of P30 million each.

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