Get technology in farmers’ hands: Piñol
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol stressed the need for agricultural research to reach farmers in order to hasten the adoption of technology in producing more food for a growing population.
Piñol emphasized the importance of technology transfer during his visit to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
He said the advances in rice production through IRRI’s research should be given to farmers “so we can focus on food production and poverty alleviation.”
He said poor families who live in upland areas should be given assistance to be able to produce enough rice for their needs, which is the key to poverty alleviation.
Piñol received an overview of IRRI and its projects with the DA and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
He said he wants technologies in the hands of the farmers, which could be achieved through the expansion of the agricultural extension workers program.
IRRI deputy general Bruce Tolentino explained that IRRI, as a research agency, is mandated to come up with ideas and to test or validate them. However, it cannot directly bring technologies to farmers because its mission is global.