Bountiful harvest starts from good seeds. However, potentials of rice seeds are not optimized owing to misconceptions. Here are the top misunderstandings about rice seeds and a version of truth: Misconception #1: All rice varieties are suitable everywhere. There are over 300 inbred and hybrid Philippine rice varieties bred based on certain conditions. Their suitability depends on environment, planting season, and field conditions. Each variety is unique as it is […]

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Earthworms are more than just inhabitants of the ground. In rice fields, their abundance and behavior can tell if a soil is healthy or polluted. A recent PhilRice study showed that the response of a certain species of earthworm can reveal possible chemical contamination of irrigated rice areas due to excessive and continued butachlor herbicide application. Butachlor is an active ingredient of herbicides, commonly used by farmers to control weeds […]

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Certain species of rhizobacteria can modify the structure of rice roots, thereby increasing the plant’s ability to tolerate drought, a recent study showed. Drought stress is a limiting factor in rice production, especially in upland where farmers are dependent to rainfall as irrigation source. In their research, PhilRice scientists Roel Suralta, Jayvee Cruz, and their team, together with the students from Muñoz National High School, found that treating rice with […]

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Makahiya (Mimosa pudica) and Lantana (Lantana camara), medicinal plants known to treat common diseases in humans, were also found to be beneficial to rice plants, recent study showed. In a research, Nueva Ecija High School student Lena Nagaosa with her adviser Jerandel Gaspar and PhilRice researchers Ma. Salome Duca and Dindo King Donayre, gathered that said perennial weed and flowering plant can fight bacterial leaf blight (BLB) in rice. BLB […]

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Golden apple snails or kuhol as farmer’s friend? It’s a resounding “yes” when managing rice bugs! Kuhol (Pomacea canaliculata Lamarck) is considered as one of the notorious pests in the Philippine ricefields. It consumes young seedlings, even devouring a whole paddy overnight. In every square meter, a small kuhol measuring 2-3cm can reduce the number of tillers by up to 19% at 30 days after crop establishment. The loss may […]

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Can Noche Buena be merry without food? Hardly! That’s why we always try to prepare the most delectable meals no matter how tiring and economically difficult it is. Why not? The yuletide season only happens once a year. Because food is life for the Filipinos during Christmas, we like to make the best recipes for our family and friends. Here are three healthy recipes from two international award-winning PhilRice cookbooks, […]

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Oftentimes, people reckon that knowledge and skills in farming must come with years of experience. Truth is, while wisdom comes with age, the youth, when given the right opportunity, can actually become a strong force in the farming sector. This is how the Candon Youth Movement (CYM) in Ilocos Sur molded their members to become brave farm ambassadors. Noble beginnings CYM is a youth organization that champions young people and […]

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The Philippine Rice Research Institute advances its research and development operations in Agusan and Batac through recently completed new facilities. Abner T. Montecalvo, PhilRice Deputy Executive Director for Administrative Services and Finance, said the facilities are expected to enhance the station’s capacity in producing high quality seeds for the farmers and seed growers. “The new facilities will strengthen research functions of the branch stations, and ultimately address rice production concerns […]

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Seed quality and varietal information tops all queries in a farmer’s mind. Every cropping season, new and veteran rice farmers ask, “What variety should I plant now?” Added to this are their concerns on yield and suitability under local condition. The need for this information motivated ICT specialists Nehemiah Caballong and Paul Austian Alday of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to develop the Binhing Palay app with the National Cooperative […]

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Emmanuel Piñol, Department of Agriculture secretary, led the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-appointed Board of Trustees (BOT) and  three deputy executive directors (DED) of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), August 31, Quezon City. Engr. Romeo Vasquez, 56, from Isabela, now sits as the representative of the agribusiness sector in the BOT. Vasquez, a farmer since 1995, received the TOFARM Agricultural Entrepreneur Gold Award in 2013 and the DA’s Regional Gawad […]

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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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