On the Front Lines

Amid challenging times, PhilRice soldiered on to
meet the needs of its stakeholders, the rice farmers in
particular. It was all systems go at PhilRice – innovations
after innovations – the Institute invented and reinvented
itself to ensure that the rice R4D is alive and relevant in
the most trying times.

Mechanized Dry Direct Seeding using Multipurpose Seeder

Climate change is among the biggest “wicked issues” in rice cultivation. From the literature, we know that wicked problems are difficult to solve owing to the extent of the interconnectedness of issues attached to them. With climate change, we know that water will be scarce for agriculture, if not already, given its competition with more urgent and important concerns such as for domestic purposes. We also know that the workforce is abandoning the agriculture sector in favor of the more established income-generating industries. The recitation of related issues can go on.

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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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