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IRRI water-saving technology eyed for use in PHL irrigation systems

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (Opafsam) is eyeing the use of a water-saving technology developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the country’s irrigation systems.

The IRRI said Opafsam chief Edel Guiza, during her recent visit to the research center, was introduced to the alternate wetting and drying (AWD) system, an alternative technology which helps farmers save water they use for irrigation. Guiza visited IRRI for the purpose of studying measures that will help the government assist rice farmers
affected by the El Niño-induced drought in Mindanao.

Bruce Tolentino, IRRI deputy director general for communication and partnerships; James Quilty and Jun Correa, head and field operations manager of the Zeigler Experiment Station, respectively, briefed Guiza on the technology.

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