IRRI joins PhilRice at “Lakbay Palay”
To celebrate Farmer’s Day, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has joined Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) at Lakbay Palay, an event aimed to teach farmers about new and appropriate rice technologies that they can adopt for a more sustainable rice production.
To be exact, 390 farmers from the CALABARZON region attended this bi-annual gathering.
Various rice-related technologies were showcased in the exhibits, including hybrid and inbred seed production.
IRRI, in particular, highlighted hybrid rice technology, heirloom, and next generation (Next-Gen) rice varieties developed for major ecosystems in the Philippines.
A Technology Forum was also held as part of the event. Keynote speakers discussed the importance of public hybrid seeds and its role in increasing agricultural yield.
As a token for the event, IRRI gave farmers some samples of improved irrigated and rained rice seeds.