Youth advocates of the #BeRICEponsible campaign.

Students from the Philippine Science High School (Pisay)–Bicol Region Campus were encouraged to become #BeRICEponsible advocates during their visit to DA-PhilRice Bicol, Nov. 17.

They were urged not to waste a single grain of rice and appreciate rice farmers by means of thanking and valuing the food they provide to Filipinos.

“I promised to become more RICEponsible in consuming rice as it is not easy to grow it,” said Leira Joy Tuyay, Grade 11 Biochem student.

Their adviser, DA-PhilRice Bicol alumnus Gilbert Morente, expressed his gratitude and  stressed the importance of rice and rice farmers in nation-building.

“As an educator and a licensed agriculturist, I truly value every grain of rice that is being produced by our cherished farmers. This is exemplified in me by teaching my students to consume rice conscientiously, venerate the local rice farmers, and involve themselves into agriculture,” he said. Aside from a brief PalayCheck overview, students learned about cost-reducing rice technologies such as four-wheel tractor, mechanical transplanter, hand tractor, and combine harvester; and ICT-based tools such as Binhing Palay App, Leaf Color Computing App, Minus-One-Element Technique App, and Rice Doctor.

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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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