Rice to the challenge. Farmers and producers commit themselves to fair competition by signing a contract of participation, Dec. 3, for the Palayabangan: the 10-5 Season 2 challenge.  The competition, which started in the wet season of 2013, aims to produce 10t/ha yield at P5 input cost for every kilo of palay. Current average yield is about 4t/ha while input cost is about P11/k of palay.

Joining this season`s competition at the Central Experiment Station of Philippine Rice Institute include the Revolutionary Solution, Syngenta Philippines, SL Agritech Corporation, Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines, Tilah Seed Center, SRI Pilipinas, Bayer CropScience, Inc., and Organic Resource Biotic-Multi Purpose Cooperative. Farmers Ronnie Alonzo and Dante Sabacan also took the challenge of producing high palay yield at the lowest cost.

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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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