The Duterte administration envisions the availability and affordability of food for all Filipinos, thus the DA has adopted a policy of achieving food sufficiency, especially for basic and staple food commodities like rice. To implement such a policy, it will pursue the Masaganang Ani program that desires to increase rice yield to 10 tons/ha in irrigated areas; lower production cost to P8/kg; and reduce postharvest losses. It calls for improved rice farming technologies, the use of hybrid seeds, and effective soil rehabilitation and nutrient management.
PhilRice will help pursue the Program by providing science-based approaches on how to produce enough rice for all Filipinos. In consultation with our major partners and key stakeholders, we have mapped out this Strategic Plan for 2017-2022. Guided by our new vision, “Rice-Secure Philippines”, we and our partners will propose and execute strategies on how to create significant impacts on the lives of all our rice stakeholders. This Plan has three salient features:
- We shift our operations from business-as-usual to business-unusual.
- We move from a production orientation to the development of the whole rice industry focused on four Cs (cultivation, commerce, consumption, and competitiveness).
- We re-focus on achieving strategic outcomes through impact-oriented and
partnership-driven research for development (R4D).
By 2022, our aspired impact is for the country to have a competitive rice economy, with PhilRice and its partners generating and sharing cutting-edge agricultural innovations vigorously guided by science-based and supportive policies; resilient rice-farming communities benefiting from increased income in a sustainable environment; improved rice trade through efficient post production, better product quality and reliable supply, and distribution system; and responsible consumers having access to safe, nutritious, and affordable rice and rice-based products.
To help realize the foregoing, we will showcase that average rice yields can be increased by 1.0 t/ha (irrigated) and a minimum of 0.5 t/ha (rainfed) in our target sites. We will target provinces with yields of < 4t/ha in irrigated and 25.23%. We will also help reduce postharvest losses from 16% to 10%. Likewise, we will help reduce the cost of rice production from the national estimate of PhP 12/kg to PhP 7/kg so our rice producers (especially smallholder farmers) will be competitive in an integrated ASEAN market.
Along with this, we will pursue seven strategic outcomes: (1) increased productivity, costeffectiveness, and profitability of rice farming in a sustainable manner; (2) improved rice trade through efficient postproduction, better product quality, and reliable supply and distribution system; (3) enhanced value, availability, and utilization of rice, diversified rice-based farming products, and by-products for better quality, safety, health, nutrition, and income; (4) science-based and supportive rice policy environment; (5) advanced rice science and technology as continuing sources of growth; (6) enhanced partnerships and knowledge management for rice research for development (R4D); and (7) strengthened institutional capability of PhilRice.