A farmer from Muñoz City in Nueva Ecija has found that with the use of a plant booster called Supravim, he was able to make an additional profit of R28,980 from an area of 8,700 square meters, which he planted to SL-18 hybrid rice.

Graciano Wallares

The farmer, Graciano Wallares, planted his seedlings on December 23, 2015 and harvested the same on March 26, 2016. The harvest totaled 10,320 kilos. If translated to one hectare, the yield would be 11,850 kilos, which means 237 cavans of 50 kilos per cavan.

Supravim was used as a supplement to the usual fertilization dosage of 5 bags of urea, 4 bags of 14-14-14, one bag of 0-0-60, and 1 bag of 16-20-0.

He applied just 3.5 liters of Supravim worth R3,080 three times. The first application was at 23 days after transplanting, then 38 days after transplanting, and 53 days after transplanting. Dosage was 100 ml per knapsack sprayer containing 16 liters.

Farmer Wallares did not in any way change his usual method of growing his rice except for spraying Supravim. According to him, the highest hybrid rice yield he previously got was 8,250 kilos per hectare. This means that by using Supravim (at a cost of R3,080), he got an additional yield of 2,070 kilos worth R28,980 at a selling price of R14 per kilo of palay.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s June 2016 issue.