• Rice researchers tackle climate, hunger

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    More than 500 researchers, agriculture workers and farmers gathered for the 26th National Rice Research and Development (R&D) Conference to discuss solutions that will sustain good harvests in the coming years.

    With the theme, “Rice R&D for competitive, sustainable, and resilient (CSR) economy,” the conference, hosted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), was held at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, from Wednesday to Thursday.

    Dr. Eufemio Rasco, PhilRice executive director, noted that during the past years, the rice R&D community has focused on improving rice harvests and making the land productive.

    “We are here to prepare for the future of rice and its environment as statistics related to climate change, energy, land and water resources, and malnutrition, among others, are not getting better,” he said.

    To identify strategies that will address rice-related issues, the conference highlighted studies focusing on thematic areas: rice breeding and technologies for improving yields and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, grain quality and nutrition; and pest management options for sustaining productivity and the environment.

    Researches on crop management options, farm mechanization and energy generation for efficient and resilient farming; and systems and tools, technology promotion for increasing productivity and attaining food sufficiency and competitiveness were also be presented.

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