Gov. Yap Finds Solution to Food Sustainability for Bohol

Bohol Governor Art Yap spends time with rice farmers in the province during the launching of ART 120 Program in January 2020.

Bohol Governor Atty. Arthur C. Yap, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), has come up with a first-of-its-kind solution to food sustainability and secured marketing of crop production with guaranteed higher price for farmers by implementing the Advanced Rice Technology (ART) 120 and ART 160, programs.

ART 160 has eight components, namely: provision of hybrid seeds; buy-back of palay; farmers’ field schools; cross visits and trainings; establishment of Minus One Element Technique (MOET) and Leaf Color Chart (LCC) kits; school-on-the-air programs; provision of mobile phones for use in Agri applications; and the ART 120 Awards for highest-yielding farmer recipients.

Even before the pandemic, Gov. Yap has started launching programs that would secure the food production in Bohol.

In ART 160 Buy-Back program, 10% of the yield per hectare of produce is bought by the Provincial Government through its marketing arm, the Provincial Economic Enterprise Management Unit (PEEMU), packaged and sold as DAGOHOY Rice, available in 50kg, 25kg, 5kg, and 2kg. Dagohoy Rice is Bohol’s own produced and processed rice. (Office of the Provincial Agriculture)