PhilRice sets up kiosk in Bicol to help farmers boost their yield
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) had set up a public information kiosk in Bicol where farmers in Albay could learn more about rice production.
Called PalayTambayan, the facility is housed at the Hibiga Irrigators Association (HRISIA) office in Polangui in Batang Ligao, Albay.
PalayTambayan is under the strategic and transformative communication initiatives of the Rice Business Innovation System (RiceBIS) program.
RiceBIS is one of the flagship programs of PhilRice, which aims to change the mindset of farmers from being merely production intensive to seeing farming as a business.
“More than 500 rice farmers can benefit from this kiosk, which can help farmers further increase their harvest and reduce their production cost,” PhilRice Bicol Research and Development Coordinator Melanie de Peralta said.
The information shop contains publications and videos on pests and diseases, rice machines, integrated crop management practices, and other rice and rice-based technologies.
For his part, Melanio B. Bañares Jr., president of HRISIA, said that farmers can borrow the materials and read them in their homes for them to better learn and understand the recommended farm technologies.
Bañares said that learning from the materials can “increase farmers’ adoption rate of best farm practices that will result in high rice yield.”