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The rice in our family. A study of the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Isabela shows that Kalinga traditional rices such as Unoy are nowadays planted in smaller areas with indigenous people cultivating new rice varieties.

The study notes that the country`s demand for enough supply and the farmer`s need for more income encouraged them to prefer new and high yielding rice varieties.

In spite of this farming trend in the upland, researcher Joy Tundagui said that the indigenous people still ensure that the traditional varieties they plant are connected with their identity as a clan or tribe.

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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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