Written by the Web Team
The Provincial Board of Zambales had expressed interest in funding trainings that the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will conduct in the Central Luzon’s second largest province.
During the 29th regular session of the Provincial Board on Oct. 1, Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain II said that the officials are “most willing to work with PhilRice to improve the province’s quality of life.”
Lacbain requested the state-run research institute to include trainings on producing and packaging rice-based products such as kakanin, in addition to the regular lectures on rice production.
Currently, PhilRice covers six town of Zambales under the Upland Rice Development Program of the Department of Agriculture. Under the program, PhilRice had distributed upland rice seeds in the indigenous people’s community in Subic, San Marcelino, Botolan, Iba, Masinloc, and Sta. Cruz.
In the session, PhilRice’s Technology Management and Services Division led by Lea Abaoag presented the Institute’s major research and development efforts including adaptability trials of hybrid rice in 16 provinces and machine development; facts and figures in the rice industry; and PalayCheck system, an integrated crop management system featuring eight recommendations from seed selection to harvesting.