Crisis-resilient Rice Farming

Filipino rice farmers have been going through many challenges to produce the country’s main staple – rice. We have the changing climate and the need to adapt and mitigate as agriculture is one of its biggest victims; loss of arable lands; economic pressures such as trade liberalization and increased competition; and now the need to be food-sufficient as we battle against an invisible enemy – COVID-19. This issue of the PhilRice magazine highlights stories of resilience through these challenges as we move toward our vision “Rice-Secure Philippines.”

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May asenso sa kooperatiba!

Sa pagkakaroon ng kooperatiba, napalalakas ang mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng mga ayudang ibinibigay ng pamahalaan tulad ng libreng binhi, makina, pagsasanay, at pautang. Bukod pa diyan, nakahihirit pa ng mas mataas na presyo ng palay ang mga miyembro ng kooperatiba.

Kaya naman, may asenso sa pagkakaroon ng kooperatiba dahil ani at kita ay pinatataas!

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Chronicling rice

This issue of the magazine chronicles all our activities, partnerships, and success stories in the course of the mobilization of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) – Seed and Extension Programs. The RCEF journey has just begun. But the RCEF-flavored success stories of our farmers and lessons we gain excite and inspire us to continue to serve better.

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Rice science for the farmers

Rice science for the farmers mirrors people whose lives were touched and transformed through rice R&D. Our science is not just rice-centered, it is also people-centric. It is not merely doing research for research’s sake because our R&D workers believe that many people entrust their aspirations on us hoping that these will come true. In this issue, people from all walks of life retell how our R&D outputs have created an impact in their lives.

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Championing Competitiveness

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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Quality Rules

With an open rice market, local farmers face a mighty, probably unknown competition. To provide them high-quality seeds that can help them become competitive, PhilRice works hand-in-hand with its partners, like the Bureau of Plant Industry-National Seed Quality Control Services (BPI-NSQCS), to ensure that quality processes are observed from varietal development to seed production. Farmers also need to adhere to the best crop management practices. This issue features stories of living up to this mantra: QUALITY RULES!

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#RicePinas

As imported and cheaper rice floods our market, now, more than ever, is the best time to rally behind our farmers. Let us help them produce more rice efficiently; buy their harvests at a fair price; and show them that we value their work. After all, the rice that they produce is what connects us and makes us Filipinos.

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PalayCheck-System: Sama-samang matuto, Sama-samang umasenso

Sa pamamagitan ng PalayCheck System, nagagabayan ang mga magsasaka mula sa paggamit ng dekalidad na binhi hanggang sa tamang pagsisinop ng inaning palay.Bukod pa diyan, sama-sama silang natuto, kaya naman sama-sama rin ang pag-asenso ng bawat bida ng sakahan, ang magsasaka!

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We can compete

Government support in the form of yield-enhancing and cost-reducing technologies could help boost our farmers’ confidence to continue producing rice and compete in an open rice market. The use of high-quality inbred seeds among our farmers is the first step in achieving a competitive yield

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Wag masindak sa imported na bigas. Kaya nating labanan ito!

Mas masaya ang magsasakang napalaki ang kanyang ani sa kabila ng maliit na puhunan. Sa pamamagitan ng iba’t-ibang estratehiyang nilalaman ng isyung ito, alamin king paano mapapataas ang iyong ani habang pinapababa ang iyong gastusin sa bukid!

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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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