The Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS) – Batac has conducted a farm walk in Bugasi, Banna, Ilocos Norte that showcased high-yielding varieties and cost-reducing technologies.

Employing PalayCheck, an integrated crop management system, the varieties shown were NSIC Rc 480, Rc 506, Rc 508, Rc 510, and Rc 512. It also used the mechanical transplanter and multi-purpose seeder for crop establishment.

Most of the farmers preferred NSIC Rc 510 (Tubigan 43) for its exceptional crop stand and characteristics. The variety averages 5.7t/ha, to a maximum of 10.3t/ha and maturity of 110 days after sowing (DAS).

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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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