“Thesising” millennial? Researching for grad school or work? Or are you simply a reading junkie? Try visiting the PhilRice library and you might be surprised on how useful and interesting are its acquisitions and services. Remote and physical access Non-PhilRice staff who wishes to explore the library contents can first go to its OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to scan for books and use xCardBox, an online cataloguing system, for […]

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Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija – Farmers here have started to engage in special rice agripreneurship addressing the demand of province’s rice cake vendors and in Tarlac. In a ceremonial activity in Brgy. Mayamot, farmer-members of PhilRice’s Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS) Community Program planted special rice in a demo farm managed by the Ugat-Uhay Farmers Association (UUFA), June 21. The varieties included NSIC Rc 15 (Malagkit 2), 21 (Malagkit 5), and […]

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Filipinos love entertainment; noted in the world for singing and joking even when faced with adversaries. As the country fulfills its commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Philippine Rice Research Institute stirred awareness on Rice Tariffication Law (RA 11203) through theater play. In an attempt to create conversation with farmers during its recent Lakbay Palay, it stimulated not only the emotions but also the natural curiosity of a typical […]

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“The trick: if the soil is saturated and golden apple snails (GAS) cannot swim, then they cannot damage the rice.” This is how Leonardo V. Marquez, expert from PhilRice Crop Protection Division,  simplified the results of their 2017 study that showed controlled irrigation as the most practical and effective management strategy against GAS infestation. Results show that for transplanted and direct-seeded rice, saturated field condition treatment yielded higher or comparable […]

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April is special for the Philippine rice industry because it was proclaimed as the Panagyaman Festival Month, the national celebration of bountiful harvest. Such festive events could be very enticing to attend because of extravagance, colorful food, and the opportunity for income-generating activities. Amidst merriments, the Philippine festivals are more than what meets the eye. Here are some symbols and their meanings embedded in selected Philippine agricultural festivals such as […]

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Ever wonder about the relevance of gender studies to rice farming? Read this infographic based on the 2018 Central Luzon gender research results and check how they can be used as actionable data.    

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Farmers in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija had localized the technologies gained from a four-month Farmers’ Field School (FFS). Ugat-Uhay Farmers Association showed off their own farm structures in a recent FFS graduation ceremony.  The season-long training introduced newly-released inbred and hybrid rice varieties, Kwebo, and Capillarigation. Farmers, partners in the Rice Business Innovations System Community Program (RiceBIS), also identified rice varieties suitable in their area. The program’s highlights include:   DIY […]

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Many aspects of the now 33-year-old PhilRice are public knowledge. One of the memorable details of the Institute’s early years is the role of the presidency of Corazon C. Aquino, whose birth anniversary was commemorated on January 25. While the executive order establishing PhilRice was signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on November 5, 1985, Cory Aquino amended it a year later to increase the membership of the Institute’s highest […]

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No longer we are spared from irking events during tropical storms: immobile automobile stuck in the urban traffic jam and soaked socks of exhausted employees on their way home. What we don’t easily realize is that aside from these microcosm annoyances, the food we eat, most especially rice, are equally affected by such calamities. On a macro level, storms connect common folks’ predicaments to the country’s rice security. Vis-à-vis the […]

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The Iloilo City Hall is more than just an edifice housing its top officials and the important documents of the locale. If visitors will look up to see the top of its structure, they will see the bronze statue of a woman holding a bunch of harvested rice. The statue, which is called Lin-ay sang Iloilo (Lady of Iloilo), is said to symbolize Iloilo’s culture, including its abundant rice harvest. […]

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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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