A study recently identified 25 new advanced breeding lines after rigorous selection for high temperature tolerance using conventional method and marker-assisted selection. Titled Development of new rice varieties for high temperature tolerance in the Philippines, the research was the bronze winner of the Gold AFMA Best R&D Paper Award. Dr. Norvie Manigbas, lead researcher, said that the development of rice varieties for high temperature tolerance is important in addressing climate […]
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will test local rice varieties for a food processing application that produces low-protein rice, a healthier alternative for people suffering from kidney disease and diabetes. The research on protein rice will be implemented using Biotech Japan Corporation`s propriety technology. Biotech Japan Corporation is an exclusive manufacturer of plant-origin lactic acid bacteria, a naturally-occurring element found in grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans that can be […]
The Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. and San Miguel Corporation recognized the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the field of communication during the recent 2014 Binhi Awards at Diamond Hotel, Manila. With The Manila Times and The Philippine Star in the lead, the Binhi Awards “honors the continuing efforts of print and broadcast journalists for their reportage on the major developments and issues in the country’s agriculture, fisheries, environment, food, […]
Research outputs will just remain in writing unless passed on to the intended beneficiaries. From laboratories to communities, PhilRice ensures the efficient delivery of rice farming information and technology for farmers’ use. It has concocted over the years various development strategies to extend to farmers, and their families, the feel of genuine transformation.
The local government unit of Bamban, Tarlac plans to adopt the national program dubbed as Upland Rice Development Program (URDP). The program will prioritize the indigenous peoples, particularly, the Aetas to help them become rice sufficient and food secured, according to the agricultural extension worker assigned in Bamban. Roderick Castro, an agricultural extension worker in Bamban for 17 years, said that their local chief executive, Jose Antonio Feliciano wanted to […]
Supporting the social contract of President Benigno S. Aquino III with the Filipinos, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) promotes strategies on optimizing farms through series of field days conducted across the country during the last two months. The activities are under the Rural Transformation Movement operationalizing within one of PhilRice campaigns dubbed as Gusto Namin Milyonaryo Kayo. The campaign aims to change tillers’ behavior on farm enterprise. Ronan Zagado, […]
The academe sector encourages elementary and high school students to take courses related to agriculture or specialize in the area to sustain the country`s food security. Dr. Crisanto Ecija, DepED NCR Regional Coordinator of Brigada Eskwela, said that youth may not value rice as they do not know how they are produced. “It is my hope that the students who are here now will start this consciousness of conserving rice. […]