Direct-seeded rice matures earlier than transplanted rice. Hence, labor requirements and expenses for crop establishment and the time spent on crop management are reduced.
The Rice Science Museum organized a youth camp that immersed participants in various activities and lectures on rice, culture, and history. Career opportunities in agriculture were also presented in order to promote agriculture as a viable and necessary profession.
An alternative source that does not rely on fossil fuels was established in Infanta, Quezon, to help supply the energy demand in rice and rice-based communities.
A March 21, 2013, press release from the Department of Agriculture: The Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and private rice companies will hold the first ever National Hybrid Rice Congress on April 3-5, 2013 at PhilRice, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
A November 8, 2012, press release from Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute: President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared 2013 as National Year of Rice or NYR and directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to lead its celebration, as per Proclamation No. 494, signed on October 18, 2012 The NYR proclamation aims to intensify efforts of the Aquino government through the DA to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013.
A November 5, 2012, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute: In celebration of National Rice Awareness Month this November, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will lead the rice sector in renewing its commitment to help the country become rice self-sufficient next year. With the theme, Sapat na Bigas, Kaya ng Pinas!, the month-long celebration aims to create awareness on how consumers could support the country’s goal.
A March 30, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Institute: North Cotabato farmers are now practicing synchronous planting after they tried a water-saving technology promoted by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country’s lead agency in rice science and development.
A November 10, 2011 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute: The 26th anniversary of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country`s lead in rice science and development, will kick off the month-long celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) this November.
A November 10, 2011 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute: Hybrid rice, the varieties bred by crossing two rice plants with superior qualities, are being improved to survive environment stresses during the wet season, a researcher based in the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) announced in a recent field day conducted at Brgy. Catuguing, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.
A November 10, 2011 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute: The research of the PhilRice on Golden Rice, a type of rice that could help reduce vitamin A deficiency in the country, wins the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act Best R&D Paper (Gold Award) in the basic research category during the 23rd National Research Symposium organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Agricultural Research. The research, Marker-Aided Transfer of Beta-Carotene Biosynthetic Genes (Golden Rice I) into two Philippine Rice Varieties, showed that trait of Golden Rice could be transferred to PSB Rc82 and NSIC Rc128 in lesser time and with minimal resources through the use of DNA markers in combination with traditional breeding. Golden Rice accumulates beta carotene, a source of vitamin A, in the grains.
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