PhilRice will host the country’s largest gathering of rice stakeholders, researchers, and development workers at its Central Experiment Station, in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija on September 5-6.
Over 500 participants, coming from the different government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector, and farmers, are expected to join the 30th National Rice R4D Conference with the theme Rice science and innovation for competitiveness and inclusive growth.
This year’s guest of honor and keynote speaker is Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra of the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE).
Esguerra is Professor of Economics at UPSE where he is also currently Director for Graduate Studies, Admissions, and Fellowships. A member of the UPSE faculty since 1993, he was seconded to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in July 2012 where he served as Deputy Director-General for Policy and Planning and subsequently as Director-General and Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning until June 2016. Prior to his secondment at NEDA, he was chair of the Department of Economics at UPSE.
The conference will feature the new rice R4D programs based on the new strategic plan of the Institute that will help improve the competitiveness of the Filipino rice farmers and the Philippine rice industry.
The conference’s paper and poster presentations will focus on integrated topics in four thematic areas: rice science and innovation for climate-smart farming and competitiveness; rice varieties and germplasm, traditional/heirloom rices, rice-based products and nutrition; crop management options, systems/tools and innovation; and technology promotion and delivery; consumer preferences; and market information.
The annual event is conducted by PhilRice to serve as an avenue to acquire and exchange knowledge and experiences on rice R4D to address current issues and emerging problems besetting the rice industry, through paper and poster presentations, and field tours.