Creating a brighter future on farming
As the country`s lead in rice science and development, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) is envisioning a competitive, sustainable, and resilient rice farming sector through the use of clean, green, practical, and smart technologies.
We hold this vision amidst the threats, which have implications in the rice industry: climate change, peak oil, dwindling natural resources and biodiversity, trade liberalization, and increasing malnutrition in the country.
We are also preparing for the next generation of farmers, the young blood with the passion of making the farm more entrepreneurial.
From Technology today, food for tomorrow to Rice science for development and now, to Clean, green, practical, and smart rice farming systems for competitiveness, sustainability, and resiliency or, simply, Clean GPS for CSR.
During the past years, PhilRice has focused on improving rice harvests and making the land productive. Now, PhilRice prepares for the future of rice and its environment with its new research and development programs: Coping with climate change, High-value products from rice and its environment, Farming without fossil fuel, Intensified rice-based agri-bio systems, and Future rice.
Crafting our new programs, however, does not imply that PhilRice is yet to address the trends in climate change, energy, natural resources, trade liberalization, and nutrition. For example, even before the climate change became a buzz word, PhilRice had been developing technologies to help rice farmers, which include, among others, breeding varieties that have resistance against saline, drought, and submergence.
The government is confident that we can be rice self-sufficient this year. But sustaining rice self-sufficiency amidst issues with implications on rice farming is the greater challenge. At PhilRice, sustaining rice productivity in the coming years means developing technologies that are clean, green, practical, and smart so that Filipinos, especially the rice farmers, will have a hopeful future.