With the country recording the highest rice yield in history, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) further enhanced the knowledge of researchers and development workers to help sustain the recent feat in the rice sector.
In the Amazing rice, Amazing race contest held at PhilRice Central Experiment Station, February 14, contenders completed tasks that tested their familiarity with rice science, technology, history, and culture.
“The country attained the highest rice yield at 19.4-million metric tons in 2017. We expect that farmers will become more interested in knowing how to maintain or surpass their last year’s harvest. So as workers in rice, we should always be ready on answering their queries,” Dr. Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero, PhilRice supervising science research specialist, said.
The learning activity, packed with mental and physical tests, also promoted PhilRice core values, which include relevance and responsiveness, integrity and innovativeness, collaborative and collective spirit, and excellence and equity, or simply RICE.
“PhilRice is implementing its new strategic plan for the next five years. While we continue to help address challenges in the rice sector, we also ensure that the rice workers are at their best for the rice farmers,” she said.
Completing a 1.5-hr run, contenders explored the Rice Science Museum and Future Rice Farm where they solved 120-pcs puzzle on rice technology, drew science concepts, and performed traditional and modern farm practices. Contenders also hurdled obstacle courses that were placed near the fields showcasing natural farming, alternative energy sources, and high-tech smart agriculture.
Highlights in the 10-tasks knowledge adventure include: