Written by the Web Team   Agriculture Secretary Proceso J Alcala is optimistic that the country will soon achieve rice self-sufficiency, as he witnessed good harvests of palay (paddy rice) in the provinces of Isabela and North Cotabato. Emphasizing that 2013 is officially the National Year of Rice, Alcala said the country’s farmers are now more inspired to produce more rice for the country’s food needs. In his visit to […]

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Written by Maritha C Manubay   Researchers at PhilRice have determined that the production of hybrid rice seeds is also dependent largely on timing, particularly the flowering stage. The couple Democrito B. Rebong II and Anna Theresa Isabel O. Rebong, who are both researchers at PhilRice, in their study The flowering behavior of NSIC Rc204H (Mestizo 20) parent line for optimum synchronization and high seed yield, focused on the flowering […]

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Written by Maritha C Manubay   Upland farming in the uplands of Cagayan can be made sustainable through intercropping in place of the current practice of rice monoculture, according to the PhilRice Isabela Station. “There is a need to balance both environment protection and economic development,” said Helen R. Pasicolan, PhilRice Isabela Development Coordinator. With the growing demand for food, some upland farmers now resort to intensive farming methods that […]

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Written by the Web Team   A water saving irrigation technology being promoted by PhilRice will be expanded to other areas under the Mlang/Malasila River Irrigation Systems (MLARIS), which will help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency. National Irrigation Administration-MLARIS Principal Engineer Flora May D. Respicio said that Controlled Irrigation (CI), a PhilRice-promoted water saving technology (WST), is a practical water saving technique in expanding irrigation serviceable areas. It can increase […]

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Written by the Web Team   Four varieties released in 2011 were found to be tungro-resistant in Western Visayas, a study, which won the Best Poster Award under the rice breeding theme during the recent 26th National Rice Research and Development Conference, showed. The study titled, Genotypic responses of newly released rice varieties to local rice diseases in Western Visayas, showed that NSIC Rc238, Rc278, Rc280, and Rc282 showed resistance […]

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Written by the Web Team   The Aetas, who are part of the one of most disadvantaged groups in Philippine society, are now learning the latest techniques in upland rice farming – thanks to the recent establishment of an Upland Rice Development Program-Farmer’s Field School (URDP-FFS) in Lupang Pangako, Zambales. The Aeta community has settled for two decades now in the area, where they learned to farm, after the eruption […]

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Written by the Web Team   Oryza Online, a web-based user interface for the ORYZA2000 predictive crop growth software, which was developed by PhilRice Information Systems Division, placed second as Best Research Optimization App in the Bigas2Hack developer event conducted by Smart Communications Inc. and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Oryza Online makes it easier for ORYZA2000 to be used online so users do not have to install the […]

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Written by the Web Team   Extending the shelf life of brown rice and imparting knowledge on how to prepare it are the most significant contributions of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) to the National Year of Rice 2013. In a survey conducted by the FNRI, Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia said that besides its chewiness, the other problems seen by most people toward brown rice are its availability, […]

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Written by Christina A Frediles   Farmers and their organizations are empowered if they actively participate in different activities of a certain project. This observation is based on a thesis paper, “Farmers’ Participation in the Development of Location-Specific Technologies Towards Empowerment in Nueva Ecija,” which covered 103 farmer-respondents who were participants of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-PhilRice Technical Cooperation Project (TCP3). The project was developed to identify location specific […]

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Written by the Web Team   Faced with natural and man-made threats, the rice sector is set to make fundamental shifts in scope and direction of its work to carry out its new advocacy, Clean, Green, Practical, and Smart Rice Farming Systems for Competitiveness, Sustainability, and Resilience (Clean GPS for CSR). Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr, executive director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said in the recent 26th […]

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