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To assist the estimated 240,000 Boholano rice farmers amidst international competition, the provincial government led by Gov. Arthur C. Yap, tapped Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in providing agricultural technologies to help achieve higher yield.

In their recent visit at DA-PhilRice Central Experiment Station in Nueva Ecija, the local government unit purchased 200 sets of Minus One Element Technique (MOET) following expert’s advice. Rice specialists suggested the use of MOET to asses soil deficiency and get fertilizer recommendation.

MOET comes with a kit and an android application, which can generate right amount and combination of fertilizer in just 60 seconds or less.

According to Juvy Jane Aungon, PhilRice science research specialist, MOET kit and app can compute the appropriate field fertilizer requirements of a particular irrigated lowland rice variety and predict its yield.

Smartphone-based applications such as Leaf Color Chart, AgRiDOC, eDamuhan, and Binhing Palay were also introduced.

Through PhilRice technologies, hybrid rice varieties, and irrigation programs, the province targets 6t/ha average yield in the next cropping seasons. In 2018, the province yielded an average of 3t/ha across all ecosystems.

The former DA secretary also proposed that the Institute may set up a branch station in Bohol to improve and sustain province’s agricultural initiatives. This proposal is in line with the provincial government’s recently launched Advanced Rice Technology, which aims to intensify the implementation irrigation programs and rice production.

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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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