DA Assistant Secretary for Field Operations and National Rice and Corn Programs Deputy Director Federico E. Laciste Jr. was given a tour at the PhilRice Central Experiment Station in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, January 17.

Laciste visited various facilities and laboratories including the Palayamanan Plus site, FutureRice Farm, Seed Processing Center, Rice Engineering and Mechnization Division, and the Rice Science Museum. He was also briefed on PhilRice’s R&D programs and strategic plan for 2017-2022.

In a short interview during the tour, Laciste revealed DA’s plan in providing free irrigation for farmers. According to Laciste, while the plan will have to undergo due process, DA is in the meantime exploring solar-generated energy for small-scale irrigation.

Some of the highlights during his visit:

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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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