The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) expressed its commitment in collaborating with PhilRice to help address future challenges in the rice sector.
In a roundtable discussion on March 28 at Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Dr. Jean Balie, IRRI director general, and Dr. John C. de Leon, PhilRice executive director, explored possible tie ups on direct dryseeded rice, nutritious products and diets, climate resilient farming, and accelerated impact.
“As PhilRice is IRRI’s primary partner, I would like to reiterate that it is critical for us to maintain this level of engagement and ensure our partnership stays cohesive, strong, and relevant. It is our role to provide services and nourish the farmers and networks. We can work together and make sure to make this a success,” Balie said.
Among the highlights of the discussions include the PhilRice’s new strategic plan, global rice R&D direction, and developing a hero rice.
Also participating in the Institute’s Lakbay Palay, IRRI officials took note of the Filipino rice farmer’s entrepreneurial skills as they engage in directly marketing their produce.