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A Welcome Speech on Green Super Rice

August 1st, 2016

I am pleased to welcome you in what has become a tradition of workshops and launching here at our Institute.  As mentioned earlier, I have become a “suki” (regular) in most activities such as what we are having right now. And I find it a challenge to come up with words that I hope may contribute towards fulfilling your visions and goals, specifically in advancing plant breeding and rice sector as a whole.

Today, let us put the spotlight on your plans and strategies about the “Green Super Rice” or GSR Project. I suppose not everyone here has yet fully-known what Green Super Rice is, myself included. I breezed through the program given and found out that GSR is a joint brainchild of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chinese Government.

PhilRice would be a good institution to aid in this endeavor. Why? Primarily because with this, we will be able to address the pressing need to re-examine rice research priorities and constraints for rice production, and identify areas of collaborative rice research and other initiatives like adaptation trials, and on farm demo of promising GSR materials that would create socio-economic impact in the target regions of the Philippines.

To me, GSR project is a very noble and inspiring cause since: 1) it backs-up the clamor to save and protect our environment from further devastation, and 2) it seeks to address the world’s food problem. GSR, which is referred to as “doubly green revolution,” aims to produce high and stable yield for the resource-poor of the world, particularly Africa and Asia, but with less inputs. Translated into concrete terms, this means developing new cultivars within the next three years that ensure high and stable yields with less use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

It is worth noting as well, that here in our country, the government is already actively guarding water tributaries against pollution loading. We are, of course, aware that even if we get high yield in our production, but if we use very high inputs, we are contributing towards tremendous surface pollution. A mandamus from the Supreme Court requires us now to help build effective liquid waste management. I am glad that GSR may help arrest immediate degradation of bodies of water, aside from targeting rice-sufficiency.

Later today, our guests will tackle more on partnerships, the GSR project status in Asia with special focus on the Philippines, and the status of rice production in our country. Likewise, we will be oriented about future climate change scenario and testing climate change-ready GSR materials, as well as the economic impact assessment for target regions in the Philippines under the GSR project.

I enjoin everyone to grab this opportunity to learn and participate, and to have fun at the same time!

As Aristotle puts it: “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Again, welcome, everyone, and have a very pleasant morning!

*This was written by yours truly and delivered by my boss during the seminar on “Rice Research Priorities for Philippines under Green Super Rice Project ” last 23 January 2012 at the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija

PHILRICE WELCOMES CHINESE AMBASSADOR

August 1st, 2016

chineseHer Excellency Ma Keqing, Chinese Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, visits PhilRice, with First Secretary Qui Zhijun and eight other Chinese delegates. The purpose of the Ambassador’s tour around parts of Munoz Science Community was to meet Chinese experts at the Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) and at the Philippine Rice Research Institute as its affiliate in rice research.

Among the projects successfully collaborated between PhilSCAT and PhilRice in the past are the 1) PhilSCAT membership into the Open Academy for Agriculture in 2004, and 2) Development of hybrid varieties in 2011.

*This news article was written and posted at PhilRice website on September 27, 2012.

PHILRICE WELCOMES CHINESE AMBASSADOR

August 1st, 2016

Her Excellency Ma Keqing, Chinese Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, visits PhilRice today, with First Secretary Qui Zhijun and eight other Chinese delegates. The purpose of the Ambassador’s tour around parts of Munoz Science Community was to meet Chinese experts at the Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) and at the Philippine Rice Research Institute as its affiliate in rice research.

Among the projects successfully collaborated between PhilSCAT and PhilRice in the past are the 1) PhilSCAT membership into the Open Academy for Agriculture in 2004, and 2) Development of hybrid varieties in 2011.

FSM Senator Visits PhilRice, Asks For Partnership

August 1st, 2016

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15 August 2012, Maligaya, Science City of Munoz.  Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Honorable Shelten G. Neth, Senator from the State of Pohnpei, visits PhilRice from August 14-17 mainly to exchange ideas on how the FSM can rightfully start developing its rice industry and eventually reduce its rice imports.

“Micronesia, particularly in Pohnpei, has so many God-given natural resources. We need to maximize these resources for consumption, and to commence reducing importation of products such as rice from other countries,” the Honorable Senator Neth said. FSM imports rice and other foods from Australia, the United States, and Japan, among other countries.

Senator Neth would like to have touch base knowledge of the operations involved in rice production. Together with DA-PhilRice, the Senator wanted to explore possible “country to country” collaboration as a means to source out possible avenues to optimize Micronesian natural resources that include rice.

He invites PhilRice, through its Executive Director, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. to revamp and restart rice production in FSM, which the Japanese had done during the World War 2 era. Senator Neth further said that this goal of maximizing natural resources is for economic and humanitarian reasons.

Asked about his impression of the Institute, the senator was candid in saying that “It will definitely not be the first time,” and that he would visit more often in the years to come. He was “impressed in so many things” especially the “friendly, charismatic, facial expressions of lead persons, and their in-depth technical know-hows” in rice research.

During his 4-day stay in PhilRice, Senator Neth will also visit other government agencies in Muñoz, selected farmers’ fields, and a giant rice milling plant in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Agri-Engineers Recognized

August 1st, 2016

This news article was published in PhilRice Magazine’s 3rd Quarter issue in 2014 (Volume 27, No. 3, July-Sept. 2014)

PhilRice won major awards in the 64th Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) Annual National Convention and 11th International Agricultural Engineering Conference and Exhibition held at the Visayas State University, Baybay City, Leyte, April 21-26.

Five of nine PhilRice technical papers that joined the oral presentation category won awards. Alexis Belonio and coauthors` Development of a Hydrous Ethanol Fuel Feeding Device for Spark – Ignition Engine won as Best Paper in the Agricultural Power and Energy Source Category.

Belonio`s study established that hydrous ethanol can fuel spark-ignition engines without blending gasoline. This was conducted to develop a technology for hydrous bioethanol as a cheaper source of fuel opposed to gasoline.

Paulino Ramos and Dr. Manuel Jose Regalado`s No-Tillage System for Higher Yield and Labor Productivity, Reduced Production Cost, and Higher Energy Efficiency in Rainfed Lowland Rice won Second Best Paper in the Production Machinery and Mechanization Category. This tested the performance of the notillage technique originally developed for irrigated ecosystem under rainfed conditions.

Dr. Caesar Joventino Tado and co-authors’ Development and Promotion of the Reversible Airflow Flatbed Dryer in the Philippines (Postharvest Equipment and Machinery Category) won as Third Best Paper.

Another paper that won Third Best Paper is Dr. Ricardo Orge and John Eric Abon’s Cogeneration of Biochar and Heat from Rice Hull: Its Application in the Poultry Industry (Agricultural Power and Energy Sources Category).

The study showed that CtRH carbonizer, with heat recovery attachment, can substitute the existing LPG heater to provide the needed heat for brooding chicks, saving up to six tanks of LPG for every heater replaced.

Noel Ganotisi, Moises Galera, and Mar Lester Quigao’s Design and Development of a Low-Cost Venturi-Type Fertigation Component of a Gravity-Type Drip Irrigation System (Soil & Water and Fishery Engineering Category) won Third Best Paper Award. This showed how “fertigation” helps reduce the cost of fertilizer application. Fertigation is to be incorporated in the Low-Cost Drip Irrigation System (LDIS).

In the poster competition, 3 of 15 PhilRice entries were runners-up. Paulino Ramos and co-authors` Rice Hull Gasification System for 100-kW Electric Power Generation, showed that rice hull could be used as fuel for gasifier to produce electricity.

Results had it that 25 bags of rice hull at 10-12 kg per bag can run the 8-cylinder gasoline engine with 100-kW generator for 2.22 hours. The 100-kW electricity is enough to power a 30-kW submersible pump, while excess production may be used for lighting.

Alexis Belonio and co-authors’ Design and Performance Evaluation of a Rice Husk-Fueled Crude Bioethanol Distiller for Fermented Nipa Sap supports efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuel for rice farming operations.

Regalado and Ramos’ No-tillage poster showed that the system combined with transplanting can also improve labor productivity by 12-17% and energy efficiency by 15-18% in rainfed lowland rice.

PhilRice consultant Dr. Bernardo Tadeo received the Most Outstanding Agricultural Engineer or Felix Maramba Award, and Noel Ganotisi garnered the Outstanding Agricultural Engineer Award for Irrigation, Soil, and Water Management.