PhilRice Firms up Programs for 2011- Crop Biotech Update ( 1/7/2011 ) |

PhilRice Firms up Programs for 2011

The Philippine Rice Research Insitute, the Philippines' leading agency in rice research and development is all geared up in the implementation of the Institute's medium and long-term corporate plans for 2011-2016. Following the challenge of the country's Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala to be self-sufficient in three years, the program which was approved by the board of trustees will conduct activities "to develop rice varieties that will adapt to climate change, increase yield in the irrigated lowland, develop neutraceutical rice products, and package location-specific technologies," the news release said.

The program was an output of a series of stakeholder's consultation workshops which according to Atty. Ronilo A. Beronio, PhilRice executive director, would also benefit and improve farmers' nutrition and economic status.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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