The local government of Nueva Ecija is the first province in the country to enact an ordinance on the truthful labeling of rice based on the recommendations of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) and the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) Policy Research and Advocacy teams. The ordinance requires rice retailers to indicate valid, reliable, and complete information about the prescribed milling classification, price, and source of rice […]

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With the recent reports on swarms of rice black bugs (RBB) seen in parts of Regions II and III, Genaro S. Rillon, crop protection expert from the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), explained that the insects are migrating populations looking for food, habitat, and places to lay their eggs. RBB is a sap-feeding insect that attacks rice plants in almost all stages of growth. It is most destructive […]

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Agriculture Sec. William D. Dar urged agriculture officials to break from traditionalism, especially in implementing programs, during the department’s recent management committee meeting held at DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).  “The old way of doing things just doesn’t cut it anymore. Moving to the realm of pragmatism, I acknowledge the time constraints; however, implementation is the name of the game. The strategies we set in motion must be delivered with […]

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Farmer-beneficiaries of the “Sa Palay at Gulay – May Ani, Hanapbuhay, Oportunidad, at Nutrisyon” (PAG-AHON) II Project in Lupao, Nueva Ecija are now selling their produce in a bigger market. Henry V. Ramos, president of Lupao Vegetable Growers Association (LVGA), said during the PAG-AHON harvest festival, Nov.13, that the project taught and assisted them in marketing their own produce. “We dreamed of becoming entrepreneurs, and it came true because of […]

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Dr. Norvie L. Manigbas, scientist II and chief research science specialist at Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), was recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year in a virtual awards ceremony, Nov.15.  The scientist is one of the 35 Outstanding Professional of the Year awardees recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Foundation of the Outstanding Professionals, Inc. He was distinguished for his contributions in […]

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Dr. Flordeliza H. Bordey, DA-PhilRice Deputy Executive Director for Special Concerns, is one of this year’s Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardees recognized on Nov. 15 in a virtual ceremony where President Rodrigo Duterte bestowed the awards. Dr. Bordey, who has been in government service for 21 years, is a distinguished economist, policy advocate, and rice research for development practitioner. She currently serves as the head of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund […]

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The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) and the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE) sealed an agreement to work together in joint projects in agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources, Nov. 11. MATE is one of the largest agricultural-focused, multi-disciplinary higher education institutions in Europe. The cooperation includes plant breeding and associated technologies, biotechnology, sustainable nature development, food safety and quality, training and educational programs, […]

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Rice stakeholders need to collaborate to develop game-changing strategies for the rice sector in the new normal. Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla, undersecretary for regional development of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), stressed this in her speech during the Ugnay Palay: 33rd National Rice R4D e-conference, hosted by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), Nov. 4-5. “As the government continues to develop strategies in the rice industry […]

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DA-PhilRice celebrates its 36th year of serving the Filipino rice farmers across the nation on Nov. 3-5. “Through the years, DA-PhilRice continuously strives to make rice production not only more efficient, but also dependable and sustainable in meeting the growing demands of millions of Filipino rice consumers,” Dr. John C. de Leon, executive director, said. He added that through the Institute’s research for development (R4D) efforts, it continues to implement […]

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This year’s observance of National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) in November iterates the importance of eating healthy and nutritious rice. “The kind of rice we consume is crucial to our health. This is especially true to us because rice is the staple food of Filipinos,” Dr. Marissa V. Romero, food scientist and co-lead of the Healthier Rice Project of DA-PhilRice, said. Attuned to the NRAM theme “Be RICEponsibly healthy”, the […]

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