Written by the Web Team
Farming communities surrounding the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) based in RTR, Agusan del Norte consider the Institute as their “shelter from the challenges in rice production and during calamities.”
In a recent focus group discussion conducted to identify the social impact of PhilRice, farmers said they have benefited from PhilRice’s technologies such as seeds, varieties, and pest management recommendations.
Farmers said they have high respect on PhilRice workers because they actively participate in local events and link them with other agencies including the International Labor Organization, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Agriculture.
They also said that they can easily approach the researchers when they need information on rice farming.
Farmers added that the station also served as their temporary home when floods caused by a low pressure area extending the Western Visayas hit their villages in January this year.
PhilRice in Agusan del Norte was awarded best station in 2012 and 2013.