To promote food security in the household, Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PhilRice) and its partners kick start an initiative in Lupao, Nueva Ecija, May 11. Dubbed as PAG-AHON or “Sa Palay at Gulay, may Ani, Hanapbuhay, Oportunidad, at Nutrisyon,” the project, inked through a memorandum of agreement, aims to increase the harvest and income of rice farmers and provide farmers access to planting materials and […]

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DA’s battlecry. In his Feb. 25 visit to Nueva Ecija, Dr. William Dar, secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) encourages farmers to enlist to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). Farmers were also urged to join or form farmer-cooperatives so they can easily avail of the government provisions under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Through RSBSA enlistment and farmer-cooperatives membership, farmers espouse DA’s battlecry, ”Masaganang […]

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That 9 of 10 Filipinos live on rice could have begun long before Philippine history started documenting itself. Results of a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) survey in 2015-2016 assert that some 93% of the country’s households eat rice daily. With this high public demand and importance, PhilRice rallies behind the rice farmers who tarry year-round for us to enjoy rice in every meal. This has been the tradition even before […]

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Dr. Ricardo F. Orge, supervising science research specialist, was conferred by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as one of this year’s eight Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees. Given at the Malacañang in fitting ceremonies for 2019 Outstanding Government Worker, Sept. 10, the award is bestowed to “individuals or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.” […]

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PhilRice studies were recognized during the 25th Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) and 1st Federation of Plant Science Associations of the Philippines (FPSAP) scientific conference and 27th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society (APWSS) Conference this September. Four teams were awarded best posters in the FCSSP/FPSAP conference. The study, titled, “Binhing Palay: Philippine modern rice variety catalogue app,” and “Empowering rice-based farm communities towards a sustainable enterprise: The […]

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Hybrid rice farmers and seed growers can now quickly assess seed purity with the addition of a new trait in Mestiso 20 (M20), a public hybrid rice variety. To assess seed purity as early as seedling stage, PhilRice researchers have introduced purple coloration on the leaf sheaths of the male parents of M20 while keeping the other traits intact. As hybrids are generated through outcrossing of two different rice lines, […]

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration recently announced the beginning of the rainy season. For rice farmers, this marked another period of tireless labor to produce the country’s main staple. While some get overwhelmed, Nueva Ecija farmer Julian Soteo, 64, never frets. He makes sure that his decisions are right, especially in nutrient management. Farmers’ ally Fertilizers are essential as they help nourish the crop and produce good […]

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Farmers always aim for bountiful harvest. To attain this, some farmers overfeed the rice crop with nutrients; a huge mistake they often make. A PhilRice study in Agusan del Norte, where rice fields are supposed to be mineral-rich, showed that deficiency is possible despite the presence of nutrients in the soil.  Thus, farmers should only apply needed fertilizers to avoid complications from other nutrients. Understanding soil properties Considered under the […]

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Bountiful harvest starts with the right seeds. This is why farmers like Ricardo Martinez, 59, of Bacolor, Pampanga is sometimes overwhelmed with the choices that he has to take before planting time. For which is just the fitting variety to plant among the more than 300 rice varieties approved by the National Seed Industry Council (then Philippine Seed Board) since 1977? Choose right With almost 30 years of farming experience, […]

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Farmers often get excited come harvest time. Unfortunately, some overlook that postproduction practices are as important as growing rice. A 2010 study by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization shows that 16.47% of rice is lost on postproduction. When saved, experts said, the losses could have covered the amount of rice imported annually. Dealing with rice the right way 1. Harvest at the right time As rice varieties […]

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