DA-PhilRice is eyeing more modern, non-exclusive technology licensing agreements following the signing of two agreements allowing the Guimba, Nueva Ecija-based ACT Machineries and Metal Craft Corporation to manufacture and commercialize institute-developed farm machines.

These machines are the Multipurpose Seeder that distributes seeds uniformly and the Ride-on Buoyant Tiller capable of tilling soft, shallow, to relatively deep-mud fields.

Executive director Dr. John C. de Leon said the agreements are “gateway to bring these machines to farmers, the winners in this event.” Meanwhile, Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang, deputy ED for research, challenged ACT to raise the commercialization level of its production. Likewise, Dr. Karen Eloisa T. Barroga, deputy ED for development, underscored the importance of our technologies being licensed to manufacturers for distribution to intended users.

De Leon and ACT representatives Marites M. Saldo and Sherman B. Valdez signed the agreements on Sept. 21. (JRA Buenaventura)

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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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