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About 1, 500 participants composed of farmers, students, extension workers, and researchers will participate in this year’s week-long Lakbay Palay Dry Season at the PhilRice Central Experiment Station in Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, April 3- 6.

Lakbay palay is a field day held by PhilRice twice a year (during the dry and wet seasons) to showcase its rice farming technologies to a wide range of rice stakeholders.

For this season, the Lakbay Palay’s theme centers on the use of quality seed and renewable energy. Activities for this week-long event include farm visits, distribution of rice knowledge products, and onsite expert dialogue/consultation.

Technologies to be featured are: public hybrid rice varieties, hybrid rice seed production (AxR), wireless sensor network, rice machines, mobile rice husk gasifier, kwebo (typhoon-resistant structure), capillarigation (low-cost irrigation system), zero-waste pig, goat production, solar-powered smart house, drone study, traditional rice varieties, rice paddy art, and organic rice production. The event will also highlight the advantages of using the five nationally recommended inbred varieties, such as NSIC Rc 222, Rc 216, Rc 160, Rc 300, and Rc 238.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar and Congresswoman Cecilia Leonila V. Chavez will grace the event on the first and fourth day, respectively.

For actual activities, follow us on Facebook (rice.matters) with a hashtag #PhilRiceLakbayPalayDS2018.

Lakbay-Palay Wet Season 2018 is scheduled in September this year.

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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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