PRRI rice system aims to reduce losses

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Scientists at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said that the integrated rice crop management system, PalayCheck®, needs to be combined with key checks and best practices in the country to reduce post-harvest losses and achieve better quality product that would meet international standards.

In a paper presented during the 66th Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers held at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, PhilRice scientists said that the improved PalayCheck®, post-harvest protocol is now ready for pilot testing in farmers’ fields and commercial rice mills.

Various stakeholders from farmers’ associations, rice trading/processing sector, academe, and the Philippine Grains Postproduction Consortium were gathered in workshops with the theme “Agriculture Engineers in the Realm of Sustainable Green Technology” to help identify and select key checks and corresponding best management practices.

Results showed that the total losses for cutting, piling, and threshing operations across seasons were less than the national average of 5.2 percent when the three operations were done on the same day or when combine harvester was used, both at five days early and optimum harvest times.


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