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IMG_0303Awardees of the ASEAN Rice Science and Technology Ambassadors visited the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Central Experiment Station to learn the technologies and strategies of the Institute in helping the country achieve rice security, August 9.

The awardees were recognized as outstanding rice scientists and farmers by the ASEAN Rice Science and Technology Ambassadors Award Search Committee on August 7 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Auditorium in Quezon City. Among the awardees is Dr. Sailila E. Abdula, PhilRice acting executive director. They were recognized for their contributions to help develop the rice sectors of their respective countries and ensure food security and environmental integrity in the ASEAN region.

During a meeting with the rice ambassadors, PhilRice experts discussed the Institute’s development initiatives and its strategy in climate change adaptation and mitigation, mechanization for competitiveness, and development of climate-resilient rice varieties.

The awardees also toured at the rice seed processing facility, field experiment area, Future Rice Farm, and Rice Science Museum.

Apart from strengthening the partnership of the ASEAN and Filipino rice ambassadors, their visit also became an avenue for sharing and learning of ideas among the different rice experts and outstanding farmers for possible research collaborations.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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