• PhilRice pushes new planting techniques

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    Muñoz, Nueva Ecija: Some 4,000 farmers will learn the latest technologies on farming through the “akbay-Palay” being conducted at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) here.

    The two-day “Lakbay-Palay,” which kicked off on Tuesday, is being held bi-annually during harvest season.

    Celia Abadilla, activity lead coordinator, said that the Future Rice Farm of PhilRice, breeder seed production, and on-farm learning center are among the stations where visiting farmers, mostly from the country’s rice granary, can learn new technologies.

    Abadilla said the Future Rice Farm promotes technologies that are clean, green, practical, and smart.

    She also said that the farm also features organic farming, nutrient recycling, use of alternative energy, and farm mechanization.

    Abadilla also said that the “Lakbay-Palay” provides an opportunity for farmers, scientists, researchers and extension workers to talk more on rice production challenges and issues.

    “Most farmers inquire about the seeds that they can plant the next season. So, in the breeder seed production area, modern rice varieties are planted for farmers to select the varieties most suited to their field. They will also see the result of planting certified seeds,” she said.

    She said that farmers will also be taught on how to use the ICT-based fertilizer guides such as Rice Crop Manager and Minus-One Element Technique (MOET) application.

    Rice Crop Manager, which data underwent 15 years of intensive research across the country, provides specific amount of fertilizer and its time of application while MOET application can diagnose nutrient deficiencies of the rice crop.

    PNA

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