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Tarlac farmers look El Niño in the eye

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PAGASA senior weather specialist Anthony Lucero (foreground) and farmer Homer Bucad learn from each other during as field work.

On a Wednesday morning in late July, rice fields in Barangay Sto. Domingo of Gerona town along the Tarlac River are wet, thanks to light showers.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Agency seeks bigger budget for rice R&D

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The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is seeking a bigger budget for rice research and development, citing studies showing that the country’s R&D spending has been lower than those of neighboring countries.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

‘El Niño-ready’ rice varieties pushed

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The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is calling on rice farmers to plant “El Niño-ready” varieties for the coming wet-season crop cycle, amid efforts to minimize the impact of a dry spell on food supply.

Posted: May 27th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

DA earmarks P500M for hybrid rice program

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The Department of Agriculture is allocating P500 million for programs that will encourage more farmers to plant hybrid rice varieties, as the government moves to attain national rice sufficiency by the end of the year.

Posted: April 8th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PhilRice concocts variety of cocktails

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Tapuy rice wine

How does a tall glass of Isabela Secret cocktail sound to you? Or do you prefer the extra kick of a Sarangani Punch cocktail? These are just some of the Tapuy Cocktail blends being launched by PhilRice, a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture. Their research on the different uses of rice led to an improved version of tapuy, a naturally fermented alcoholic beverage made from cooked glutinous rice and starter culture locally known as “bubod.” This local rice wine is often served during feasts by the mountain tribes in the Cordilleras.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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