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Farmers can earn additional income from their handpicked golden apple snails or golden kuhol, major pests in rice production that could reduce yield by up to 40 percent. Dried shells from handpicked snails can be marketed as wall or table décor, key chain, or candle holder. Cherry Ann Dumahin, a researcher in Philippine Rice Research Institute based in Isabela, said that a candle holder made from snail shells can be sold at P30.  She also said that handpicking is a better practice in managing the golden kuhol than using chemicals. Chemical applications contaminate the soil and water and can cause serious health problems to farmers.

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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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