To prepare for projected temperature increases, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is urging farmers to test the adaptability of rice varieties that can withstand high temperatures in their locality. Career scientist Norvie L. Manigbas pointed out that data spanning 50 years suggests a temperature increase of 1-2℃ in the future, highlighting the need to utilize NSIC Rc 600 and 602 to the fullest as these varieties can […]

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Dinagat Islands — A year after the province’s inclusion in the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program, Dinagat Islands has doubled its yield per hectare from 2021 to 2023 wet season. Data from RCEF’s Rice Seed Monitoring System showed that the province’s yield increased from 2.11t/ha to 4.64t/ha. This was recorded in the new RCEF-covered areas in PhilRice Agusan including Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto, San Jose, and Tubajon, […]

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Local government units in Central Luzon are working on policies that will mainstream climate change adaptation in rice-farming communities to safeguard farmers’ livelihood. In a recent policy workshop led by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, 8 LGUs proposed policies on implementing integrated pest management strategies, promoting climate-resilient crop varieties, and conserving watersheds. Calls for the provision of farming equipment in San Manuel, Tarlac; […]

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An entrepreneurial program of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Midsayap, Cotabato has gained momentum with farmers recently co-developing its 5-year development plan. The 12 farmers representing their clusters in Midsayap and Libungan under the Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS) helped in crafting the blueprint that encompasses the necessary processes, ranging from needed training to the acquisition of the equipment for the establishment of agro-enterprise of each farmers’ association. […]

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On April 19, 2024, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), through the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC), received the decision of the Court of Appeals upholding the Writ of Kalikasan against the vitamin A-enriched Golden Rice in the Philippines. The decision revokes the biosafety permit for commercial propagation of Golden Rice, which was issued by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry in July 2021. […]

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The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) is spearheading an initiative to cultivate appreciation among Manila-based reporters and communications heads for rice production, while raising awareness of data-driven rice science and technology. In response to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s call to revolutionize agriculture with data-driven systems, the initiative enables journalists to understand rice production intricacies and communicate these effectively to the public through credible reporting on rice or “riceponsible” reporting. “This […]

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The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) reported its contributions in hitting the 2023 record harvest at its Bagong Pilipinas town hall meeting during the recent Lakbay Palay in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. Reporting to more than 500 farmers, Executive Director John C. de Leon announces that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program has distributed 16.04 million 20-kilogram bags of inbred rice seeds to 2.4 million unique […]

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The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has introduced four public hybrid varieties that are cheaper than their counterparts in a technology demonstration farm called “rice derby,” available for viewing during the recent 17th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF) in Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija. “Farmers are always searching for ways to reduce rice production costs. This forum promotes affordable, accessible government-funded hybrid varieties available for use,” said Science Research Specialist Jerry […]

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To address the needs of agriculture stakeholders to have easier access to science-based rice information, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) launched new social media accounts during its Farmers Field Day dubbed as the Lakbay Palay in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, March 20-21. The Institute’s page on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@philricetv/shorts) and TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@rice_matters) were created based on stakeholders’ demand for rice information on said platforms.  In a survey conducted on […]

To support a Negros-based cooperative in expanding its agribusiness ventures, the Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation (BPIF), Inc. is equipping the organization with enterprise machines that will enhance the transport and production of the farmers’ produce. Anileen Pajarillo, implementer of the Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS) Community Program of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Negros, said the Quezon Codcod RiceBIS Farmers’ Cooperative (QueCoRiFACo) has received a truck and […]

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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