Written by the Web Team   An official of the Department of Agriculture had commended the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the implementation of the National Year of Rice (NYR2013), which had reached about 51.5M Filipinos. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, undersecretary for special concerns, said NYR2013 has been “successful in raising awareness not only on the department’s initiatives to increase rice productivity and farmers` income but in uniting all sectors for […]

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Experts at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) warned farmers to reduce insecticide use in controlling rice black bugs, which reportedly attacked some rice fields in Central Luzon. Entomologists Gertrudo Arida and Dr. Hoai Xuan Truong stated in the PhilRice-published bulletin titled, Management of the Rice black bug, that insecticides should be used to a minimum so as not to kill the natural enemies of rice black bugs. Enemies of […]

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Written by the Web Team   Sen. Loren Legarda asserted the need for adaptation programs on rice amidst threats on low food production caused by climate change. “If we do not invest on climate change adaptation programs now, rice yield in the Philippines can decline by 75 percent in 2100, as shown by a 2009 study of the Asian Development Bank,” Legarda said during the opening of the Rice, Biodiversity […]

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Written by the Web Team   More than a hundred partners from different sectors renewed their commitment in encouraging Filipinos to unite for a rice self-sufficient country in an event called CelebRICE: A night for the RICEponsibles in Manila, Dec. 17. “We are pleased that the campaign for the National Year of Rice (NYR2013) has already reached millions of Filipinos. More people are now aware of their role in ensuring […]

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Written by the Web Team   National Museum, the country’s official repository of natural history and ethnography, launches an exhibit on Philippine rice cultivation and culture at the Antonio and Aurora Tambunting Hall, Museum of the Filipino People, Dec. 17. Hazel V. Antonio, National Year of Rice (NYR 2013) campaign director, said the exhibit aims to create more appreciation on rice, its connection with other ecosystems, and how the changing […]

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Written by the Web Team   Filipino performers emphasized the value of rice and its producers during the CelebRICE: A  RICEponsable Ako fair held at the Trinoma Activity Center, Dec. 10. In the concert participated by eight band groups and artists, Ebe Dancel, former lead vocalist and guitarist of the pop alternative band Sugarfree, told the crowd that he had been eating brown rice for three to four years owing […]

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Written by the Web Team   Brown rice or unpolished rice products can be made as alternative to white rice in making the usual malagkit (glutinous rice) products. Dr. Lutgarda Palomar, a nutritionist and dietician, former professor of Food Science and Technology at the Visayas State University and an “Outstanding Filipino Women Scientist” awardee, said that if brown rice is used in place of white rice, production cost will be […]

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Written by the Web Team   Not too young for modern agriculture. To fulfill youth`s role as infomediaries or searching information for their parents, a three-day training course on farm machinery operations and PalayCheck System were recently conducted to students and teachers. PalayCheck is an integrated crop management system for rice. The 28 students are under the K-12 modeling program with agriculture as course at Balagtas National High School in […]

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Written by the Web Team   Students from elementary and high schools in Manila experienced harvesting rice in Rizal Park’s Rice Garden during the 11th Ceremonial Rice Harvesting and first ever Rice Mix Day on November 22. Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who was introduced as the Rice Ambassador, led the ceremonial harvesting, together with officials of Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), and the city government of Manila. The ceremony […]

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The National Year of Rice campaign team launched actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith as rice ambassador during its series of activities during the National Rice Awareness Month in November. As rice ambassador, Smith informs the public on the main advocacies of the campaign: not to waste rice, eat other food staples, and try brown rice to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency and for the Fillipinos to have healthier lifestyle. She also […]

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