Ways to become competitive have been presented to us multiple times. The next steps now rest on the ability of agencies to deliver interventions effectively, policymakers to put in place relevant policies, consumers to support local producers, and farmers to adopt best-fit practices. While we embody the challenge, let us also learn from those who made it through the journey, even in the global market. They are the farmer-champions we can take inspiration from, as we tread the path toward competitiveness.

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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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