Monday, May 22, 2017

22nd may,2017 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter

Dal Cluster CFC and expo to be inaugurated on 28th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 May 2017 08:37:551

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 May 2017 08:37:55
Business Bureau,
THE Nagpur Dal Millers Cluster Pvt Ltd (NDMCPL) in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Bhandara District Rice Millers Cluster and Mihan Industries Association (MIA) have organised the inaugural ceremony of India’s first Dal Cluster Common Facility Centre (CFC) on May 28, at 10 am at Mahalgaon, Bhandara Road, Nagpur and launch of ‘Dal and Rice Tech Expo 2017’ on May 28, at 11.30 am at Parampara Lawns, Wardhman Nagar.

Both events will be inaugurated by Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. 
This was disclosed by Atul Pande, President of VIA while talking at a press conference on May 20. There would be visitors in large numbers from pulses and rice industry. 
Pande said that the CFC is a world class facility approved under the MSE-CDP scheme of Ministry of MSME and implemented by Directorate of Industries, Maharashtra with active implementation by SPV-NDMCPL.

The facility is a dedicated service centre for pulses processors of the region and comprises of pre-processing and post-processing facilities like pre-cleaning, fine cleaning, destoning, gravity separation, solar drying, colour sorting, modern bagging and packaging and laboratory services. The project would pave the growth transformation of several millers and lakhs of backward integrated farmers.

Similarly, ‘Dal and Rice Tech Expo 2017’ has gained great support from sponsors like Miltech, Buhler, Concor, Adani Port and Media Partners Grain Asia, ISAP and Vypar Duniya. The expo has participation from reputed global and leading milling machine suppliers, logistic companies, banks, service providers etc. There will be 170 stalls in expo.

Manohar Bhojwani, Managing Director of NDMCPL said that the CFC has been set up with a total investment of Rs 18 crore which is spread over four acres. The Government of India and Government of Maharashtra has contributed Rs 11.45 crore towards the CFC.

“We specially thank Ministry of MSME-GoI, Directorate of Industries, Maharashtra, MIDC, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology Food Tech Department, all departments, agencies and individuals who have contributed in the successful execution of the project,” he said. The CFC would help to address the constraints and uplift performance of the pulses industry in the region and pave the way for greater profit margins and related benefits like individual unit technology upgradation, backward and forward 

He said that the Dal and Rice Tech Expo would be one of the most preferred exhibitions to cater to the needs of both visitors as well as exhibitors. 
Also, various farmer producer companies from Maharashtra will be visiting the events.

Arun Khobragade, Chairman Food Processing Cell of VIA said that there was a need to create a Food Processing Policy for Vidarbha and establish a Pulses Research Institute. 
A representation in this regard would be sent to the State Government in the near future. 
Prominently present on the occasion were Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary of Vidarbha Industries Association, CA Yashwant Bhojwani, Coordinator of Food Processing Cell and Rahul Bhojwani, Coordinator of Agro 
Processing Cell

Korea farm machines are coming!

Published May 19, 2017, 10:01 PM
By Zac B. Sarian

Don’t look now but more and more Korean farm machines are coming to bolster farm mechanization in the Philippines.
On Wednesday, during the anniversary of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Farm Mechanization (PhilMech), a full contingent of the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (Kamico) will be there to participate in the formal start of collaboration of the two parties in promoting mechanization in the country.
KOREAN FARM MACHINES – Photo shows a delegation of Filipinos who attended the KIEMSTA agricultural mechanization expo in Cheonan City in Korea last year. They are being shown the smaller farm machines that are suitable for smaller farms in the headquarters of Asia Tech, a big manufacturer of small and big farm machinery. The delegation includes, from left: Ronald Sebastian Reyes of PhilMech, Antonio Roces of Agrilink, Eugene Gabriel of Agri Component Manufacturing Corp., Philip Kim of Fitcorea, Malou Bautista of Fitcorea and Dante Delima of Atisco.
Aside from developing a compact village-type corn mill, a Farm Mechanization Training Center will be set up at the headquarters of PhilMech in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.
The training center will showcase the different agricultural machinery that are needed in mechanizing farm operations in big as well as small farms. These include tractors and various equipment that can make farming more fun and profitable.
The problem today in the Philippines is the lack of farm laborers when they are most needed. In harvesting rice, for instance, some farmers often experience difficulty in looking for laborers to harvest the ripening grains. One reason is the proliferation of malls in the provinces.
How does that affect the supply of farm laborers? Well, young farm people prefer to get employed in the supermarkets (even if they are just baggers) because they don’t get exposed to the sun and rain. They work in air-conditioned building and they also get usually a higher pay than being a farm laborer.
Harvesting machines are also needed whenever there is an impending weather disturbance like a typhoon or heavy rains. The grains have to be harvested posthaste, otherwise they would get damaged.
Efficient farm machines are also needed in land preparation. Plowing by machine rather than by carabao is more thorough. It is possible to have deep plowing with tractors and its implements so that land preparation is more thorough for better plant growth.
Aside from machine harvesters, mechanical rice transplanters are also needed for faster planting. What 20 manual transplanters can do in one day may only take a couple of hours for a transplanting machine to accomplish at even cheaper cost.
One of the objectives of the Farm Mechanization Training Center is to train local machine operators to do the proper techniques. One observation of Philip Kim of Fitcorea Philippines is that some service providers are operating their tractors as if they are car racing. They don’t plow the field deep enough in their haste to finish their job. As a result, the land is haphazardly plowed and harrowed.
By the way, Philip Kim of Fitcorea Philippines is very instrumental in bringing into the Philippines Korean agricultural mechanization technology. He represents Kamico in the country and he has been responsible for bringing Kamico and PhilMech to collaborate in undertaking various projects.
Aside from machinery for land preparation, Korean technology in postharvest operation like drying and milling are being introduced in the country. The LeeWha compact rice mill is now becoming popular in the country, thanks to Fitcorea. Many OFWs are investing in LeeWha rice mills as a source of livelihood.
The machine is compact and requires only a minimal space for installation. It is also affordable to cooperatives as well as individual customers. Now, the maker of LeeWha rice mill is collaborating with PhilMech to develop a counterpart for corn milling. The target is to mill white corn for human consumption, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao where white corn is a favored staple food


PH dominates SEAsia in GM corn production

The Philippines continues to be the top producer of biotech crops in Southeast Asia as corn areas dedicated to genetically modified (GM) corn surged by almost a fifth last year, an industry report said.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reported that the country has outpaced Southeast Asia in terms of biotech or GM crop application, and ranking 12th biggest producer of such crops worldwide. The ISAAA was launched on May 4, 2017 in Beijing, China.
ISAAA noted that around 185.1 million hectares of biotech crops were planted in 26 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and Latin America in 2016. Of this area, 812,000 hectares of biotech corn was planted in the Philippines, a 16 percent or 110,000 hectare increase from 702,000 in 2015.
The increase was due to favorable weather conditions and high demand for livestock and feed stocks.
Approved for commercial planting in 2002, GM corn is the only biotech crop planted in the Philippines.
The adoption rates of GM corn also increased to 65 percent in 2016 from 63 percent in 2015. Two years ago, the number of small, resource-poor farmers tilling 2 hectares of corn land on average was estimated at over 406,000.
According to the report, the farm level economic benefit of planting GM corn in the country is estimated to have reached $642 million from 2003 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the net national impact of GM crop on farm income was estimated at $82 million.
There are only 13 biotech events approved for cultivation in the Philippines, with the latest given in 2014. There have been 88 biotech crop event approvals for food, feed, and processing cultivation in the Philippines, including: alfalfa (two events), rapeseed (two), cotton (eight), corn (52), potato (eight), rice (one), soybean (14) and sugar beet (one).
Current research and development efforts on GM crops in the Philippines include products from the public sector: fruit and shoot borer resistant Bt eggplant led by the Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (IPB-UPLB); biotech papaya with delayed ripening and papaya ring spot virus (PRSV) resistant variety; Bt cotton being developed by the Philippine Fiber Development Administration (PFIDA), formerly the Cotton Development Authority; and Golden Rice (GR), a biotech rice biofortified with provitamin A beta-carotene that is being developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The Philippines continues to be at the forefront of biotech research and commercialization in Southeast Asia, and the acceptance of GM crops in the country has been demonstrated by key stakeholders including the general public.
A joint department circular (JDC) was put together in three months last year, after the Supreme Court nullified and invalidated the Department of Agriculture Administrative Order 8 (DA AO8), which served as the national policy on biotech and GM crops for more than 20 years. Future commercialization of Bt eggplant, PRSV-R papaya, Bt cotton, and Golden Rice will be regulated under the new JDC.
Despite a temporary decline in biotech and GM corn area in 2015, Philippine production rebounded in 2016 as the adoption rates for the crop increased with benefits reaped by Filipino consumers and farmers.
More than 18 million small farmers have benefited from biotech crops in the last 21 years.
In recent years, the adoption of biotech crops has reduced CO2 emissions equivalent to removing approximately 12 million cars from the road annually. Biotech crops have helped conserve biodiversity by saving 174 million hectares of land from being ploughed and cultivated, and decreased the environmental impact of agriculture by reducing herbicide and insecticide applications, and environmental impact by 19 percent in 1996 to 2015.
In developing countries, planting biotech crops has helped alleviate hunger and poverty by increasing the incomes of 18 million small farmers and their families, bringing improved financial stability to more than 65 million people.

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Rice to the Ocassion
Finally, after more than a month of hemming and hawing, the administration of the motorbiking Duterte Harley rose to the occasion and decided that, indeed, we would import rice.
It seemed to be a no brainer because the previous administration of our leader Benigno Simeon, aka BS, neglected the agriculture sector altogether, for one.
But Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol, known as a longtime close-in of Duterte Harley, insisted to pursue our elusive dream of rice self-sufficiency.
From day one, Duterte Harley declared that his administration would stop rice importation to support farmers.
Last Monday, in a major policy shift, the Cabinet decided to allow rice importation, seemingly as a matter of public survival.
We just would not have enough rice, despite the rosy forecast of a 30-percent increase in rice production in 2017, reaching almost 23 million metric tons.
The Department of Agriculture of course crowed about what Piñol called “bumper harvest,” splattered all over the DA press releases and even Facebook posts.
But even the impressive “bumper” harvest would not be enough.
According to the study by the Southeast Asian Regional Center (Searca) for Graduate Study and Research, which was commissioned by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI), each Filipino would eat an average of 119 kilograms of rice annually.
With a population of more than 100 million, yearly rice consumption would reach almost 1.2 MT.
There—take that alongside the 23 MT in “bumper” harvest in the last season, and you could understand why Duterte Harley changed his mind.The DA nevertheless insisted on a “no import” policy during the harvest season.Now, the lean months would be coming, traditionally set from July to September, the rainy season when rice production would be at its lowest.
As part of food security preparation, the government wants to have a 30-day buffer of rice during those lean months.
Thus as its mandate, the NFA should assure that, during those lean months, we would have enough rice in storage to feed more than 100 million people for 30 days.As of last Monday, when the Cabinet decided to put an end to all the squabbling over rice importation, the buffer stood at a dangerous level of only 8 days.The administration thus feared an impending rice shortage, which would certainly lead to drastic increases in the price of the staple food, so that even farmers in rural areas would be affected.And so how would the policy of absolute non-importation be good for farmers?

Even after the administration changed its mind, one big question remained: How much rice should we actually import.Volume was actually another bone of contention, and so far the government would only allow the so-called MAV, the minimum access volume, totaling some 805,000 MT, meaning, the importation would enjoy reduced tariff of 35 percent, versus 40 percent for ordinary importation.There would be another 250,000 MTs of importation under a “standby authority.”Uh-oh, that sounded like a lot of discretion for some government officials.
Big money in rice importation, easily amounting to billions of pesos per shipment, actually opened it to all sorts of foolishness such as smuggling and graft and corruption, particularly those involving the NFA.

Reports said that NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Aquino had, for instance, defied the NFAC, the governing body of the NFA.The NFAC ordered Aquino to extend import permits that expired at the end of March 2017, and so he simply allowed shipments only from Pakistan and India.He then ordered the seizure of shipments from Thailand and Vietnam.Those imports were done by legitimate companies, like the Pilmico Food of the Aboitiz group, which joined the MAV program in good faith, but were suddenly treated like smugglers, although they already paid for the duties in advance.As it turned out, the NFA secretly carried out some backdoor negotiations with Vietnam and Thailand for government-to-government importation.
By the way, the powerful rice syndicates in this country would actually kill for government-to-government importation, including the huge rebates in the deals 
Asia Rice: Thai, Vietnam Prices Hit Multi-Month High; India Stays Sluggish

Bangkok/Hanoi. Rice prices hit multi-month peak in Thailand and Vietnam this week on export prospects, while high rates in India kept buyers at bay, traders said on Thursday (18/05).
Thai benchmark 5-percent broken rice rose this week to $385-$411 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, from $387-$392 last week. At a mean of $398 per tonne, Thai rice prices hit their highest in nine months, Reuters data showed.
Traders said as Thai exporters are still buying stocks to fill shipments, heightened expectations of more demand from some of the world's top importers also helped prices to surge.
Last week, Bangladesh's state grains buyer said they will import 600,000 tonnes of rice. It has already issued two tenders for a total of 100,000 tonnes of rice.
"Exporters continue to sell, ships are still being loaded, and big buyers are now coming in," said a Bangkok-based trader.
"If buyers keep purchasing, prices will keep increasing," said another trader from Bangkok.
Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $365-370 a tonne, FOB Saigon, up from $355-$360 last week, following the trend in Thailand.
Averaging $367.50 per tonne, Vietnamese rice prices are at an 11-month high, according to Reuters data.
Anticipating more demand from leading importing countries, Vietnam traders are storing rice in order to sell later as prices advance.
"People expect demand to jump further so they are not rushing to sell now," said a Ho Chi Minh-based trader.
Vietnam shipped an estimated 1.84 million tonnes of the grain between January and April, down 8.8 percent from the same period last year.
Thailand and Vietnam are the world's second- and third-biggest rice exporters.
In India, the world's biggest rice exporter, 5-percent broken parboiled rice prices eased by $3 per tonne to $391-$396 a tonne this week on sluggish export demand.
In the past two months, there has been a sharp rise in Indian rates on government buying and as appreciation in the rupee caused a rally in local paddy prices.
The rupee has risen more than 5 percent so far this year and is trading near its highest level in 21 months. A strong rupee trims returns of exporters, who cannot afford to cut prices.
"African buyers are shifting to Vietnam. Indian rice is not competitive at the current price level," said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
India mainly exports non-basmati rice to African countries and premier basmati rice to the Middle East.
The Indian government buys rice from local farmers at a fixed price to supply subsidized food and meet any emergency needs such as a sudden spike in prices.
The government has bought 36 million tonnes rice from farmers so far in 2016/17, up 24 percent from a year ago.


Corn, Rice Top List of Iran Imports

Corn and rice had the largest share of non-oil imports into Iran in terms of tonnage in the first month of the current Iranian year (started March 21.
During the period, 662,000 tons of corn worth $144 million were imported, accounting for 6.12% of the total weight of all imports, ISNA reported.
A total of 85,000 tons of rice worth $74 million were imported, accounting for 4.08% of the total import tonnage. All in all, 2.091 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $2.34 billion were imported during the month ending April 20. Of all the imports, intermediate goods had an 87.8% and 67.14% share in volume and value respectively, as 1,835 tons of these commodities worth $1.577 million were imported during the one-month period.
Consumer goods with 219,000 tons worth $410 million had a 10.49% share in volume and a 17.46% share in value.



Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: May 21, 2017, 10.42 PM IST
A person in Whitefield complained the rice he got was made of plastic
By Sanket Chakraborty & Ayush Giri 

No plastic food items in market, at the worst these products are adulterated, say scientists

E ven as every other day we get to hear of a plastic egg or sugar or rice turning up in a consumer’s plate, scientists say they are yet to come across food items made of plastic.

Experts at University of Agricultural Sciences said many times the food items are adulterated and this can lead to people thinking it is made of plastic. They pointed to ragi mixed with red oxide, rice coated with boric acid, and jaggery mixed with sand as examples. Recently people raised complaints that the egg and cabbage they had bought from the store was made of plastic.

H Gangadhara, Director of Research, University of Agricultural Sciences told Bangalore Mirror, “We have not found any plastic food product as of now in any lab in the country. There is adulteration happening in the market though. For instance, they mix boric acid with rice, coat rice with several substances to close its pores and make it look whiter and shine brighter.”

An expert said the complaint of a rubbery feel in the mouth when you eat some food product could be a result of the adulteration. As for eggs, even if they are past their expiry date and rotten, they can look like they are made of plastic, he said.

Another professor from the university said, “It is difficult for the consumer to differentiate between pure and adulterated food items as the adulteration is often as low as a quarter in one unit of the pure food. It can be detected only by clinical testing. An adulterated item will have an insufficient quantity of nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins as compared to their pure counterparts.”

Gangadhara said a section of the people indulge in this practice that is unfair to the farmer, who struggles to grow the crop throughout the year, and the consumer, who has to eat the adulterated food.

He said the testing process in the state is not sound. “Even if we forget about the labs, the food security department of the state should try to put in place measures that can cut down on adulteration and make the consumer more aware. We have state-of-the-art machinery to test only the items that we have the approval to test. We are not authorised to do any test on items from outside. But, if people have some fears pertaining to food items, we can help,” he said.

Dr Shailaja Hittalmani said most of these occurrences turn out to be hoaxes. “There is nothing like a plastic food product. It is easy to know if anything is made of plastic as when heated, plastic melts and one can see the residue. I too have got such messages on WhatsApp. This is just a product of creative imagination on the internet that ends up causing hysteria.”

If people have such worries, they should try and cut the middlemen while purchasing items, said Dr H E Shashidhar, another expert from the university. “People should push towards procuring food items directly from the farmers. While there is consensus on making food and nutritional regulations stricter, some also believe that going back the olden days by avoiding processed food is a good idea.”

Testing times

A week after Bangalore Mirror reported a story on ‘plastic’ eggs, a person in Whitefield complained about having got ‘plastic’ rice. The consumer purchased a packet of dosa rice from a retail outlet, which cost him Rs 39 for a kg. He boiled the rice and found that it was sticking on to the vessel. He also felt the texture of the rice was off, but went ahead with the grinding and started cooking. The rice did not absorb water well. The consumer also said that when he ate it, it was rubbery and sticking to his mouth. Samples of this rice were collected by Bangalore Mirror and taken to the University of Agricultural Sciences. We gave the samples to the Department of Research and now it has been sent to a lab in Mandya for further testing.

Exporters visit Saudi Arabia to explore rice market

Exporters visit Saudi Arabia to explore rice marketPak-Saudi trade to increase in coming days: Ambassador

ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Saddique has expressed the hope that the volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will enhance in the coming days.
He was addressing the session of B2B (business-to-business) meetings of the delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) with the representatives of rice importing companies of Saudi Arabia at the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh. The ambassador said the embassy was ready to facilitate the Pakistani exporters in entering and capturing their due share in Saudi Arabian market.
The ambassador urged the Pakistani industrialists to seize on the new opportunities arising from implementation of Saudi Vision 2030 so as to boost and strengthen the economy of Pakistan. The delegation was on an eight-day business tour to the Kingdom from May 11 to 19 with a view to making efforts for regaining the lost share of Pakistani rice in Saudi Arabian market.
The delegation comprised representatives of 12 rice exporting companies of Pakistan, the Pak-Saudi Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry president and REAP secretary general.
They held detailed discussions with their Saudi counterparts and introduced their products portfolio. The Saudi buyers appreciated the quality and aroma of Pakistani rice and showed keen interest in establishing long-term business relations with Pakistani rice exporters.
The delegation visited the largest supermarkets and super stores of the central and eastern provinces and held meetings with their top management to discuss the prospects of increasing the share of Pakistani rice brands in modern trade. Chambers of Commerce & Industry of the two provinces expressed their utmost desire for exchange of business delegations between the two brother Islamic countries on a more-frequent basis.
The REAP delegation expressed gratitude to the Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh and Pak-Saudi Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry for facilitating their business delegation and expressed their hope that their useful and productive visit would go a long way towards increasing the Pak-Saudi bilateral trade

High demand for rice sends prices soaring

 BANGKOK, 22 May 2017 (NNT) - Rice exporters are saying the crop’s price drop has ended and believe high demand and releases from state stocks will send values climbing by up to 20 percent.
President of the Thai Rice Millers Association Kriangsak Tapananont has revealed foreign orders for rice have jumped with most also urgent due to high global demand. The hike has sent domestic rice prices soaring even as the government puts its millions of tons of rice to auction and the baht remains strong, two factors that usually depress rice values. Un-milled rice has climbed 15 percent over the last 2-3 weeks from 7,600 baht a ton to 8,200 baht.

Kriangsak remarked that the rice industry has likely passed its lowest point while believing that flooding in some areas of the nation will not impact stocks. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is predicting the nation will produce up to 30 million tons of rice this year.

President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association Charoen Laothammatas gave a similar assessment, pointing out rice prices are up 20-30 percent depending on strain. He highlighted an order of almost 100,000 tons from Iran alone and the prospect of the Philippines purchasing no less than 250,000 tons soon. Exporters are also geared up to take part in a bid to sell up to 50,000 tons of rice to Bangladesh

PhilRice, BPI distributes
The Bureau of Plant and Industry and the Philippine Rice Research Institute distributed 1,300 sacks of certified palay seeds among the 73 irrigators' associations in Negros Occidental at the PhilRice compound in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia, Friday.The seed assistance was part of the mandate of the Department of Agriculture to boost rice production and achieve rice self-sufficiency in the next two years, said
Recipients were the irrigators' associations of the major river systems, such as the Bago River Irrigation System, Pangilan River Irrigation System, Hilabangan River Irrigation System and the 19 communal irrigation systems.
BRIS, which is made up of the majority of recipients from 44 associations, also received the most number of seeds with 782 sacks, followed by communal irrigations with 390, Pangiplan- 85 and Hilabangan- 43 sacks.
BPI Mila Abaquita said the distributed RC 18 are considered as registered seeds or the would-be-parent of the so called certified seeds. RC 18 is considered by PhilRice as one of the high-yielding varieties and is ideal for irrigated rice farm, she added.
Negros Island Region Irrigators' Association president, Rosemary Caunca, said the 1,300 bags of palay seeds will be enough as planting materials next year. Under the agreement, each bag a farmer receives will be replaced with 2 bags in the next cropping season to be shared to other farmer members of their respective areas.
Caunca lauded the move of the DA, BPI and PhilRice saying it will enable the farmers to plant high-yielding variety to boost their production. She also said she hopes that rice farmers of the upland and other non-irrigated areas will also be assisted with varieties that are suitable to their locations.*

PhilRice, group to promote water-saving technology
By Jasper Y. Arcalas - MAY 21, 2017069
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it is keen on promoting a climate-smart technology, which could help farmers cut their water consumption and reduce greenhouse emission.

PhilRice said the Taskforce Committee on the International Network for Water and Ecosystem in Paddy Fields (INWEPF), together with the National Irrigation Administration, will promote alternate wetting drying method (AWD).The AWD is a management option to help reduce water consumption and greenhouse-gas emission in rice production, without yield penalty.
“With AWD, rice farmers can save up to 30 percent in their water consumption. This climate-smart technology is valuable given the country’s problem on water scarcity,” PhilRice Engineer Evangeline Sibayan said in a statement.
INWEPF Taskforce member and NIA Bicol Regional Manager Vicente Vicmudo said farmers could ensure the health of their rice lands by adopting AWD.
“When farmers use this technology, there is a big chance for them to increase their yield while they maintain the good structure of their soil. Also, when the water consumption is substantially reduced by 20 percent, they are actually promoting area expansion by 20 percent,” Vicmudo said.
NIA Spokesman Pilipina Bermudez said the dialogue with INWEPF is a venue to identify and further develop good practices and technologies for innovative policy in the field of sustainable water use in paddy fields, while conserving the environment.
The 15-member INWEPF is in the country to discuss plans in preparation for the 14th INWEPF Steering Committee Meeting and Symposium, which will be hosted by the Philippines.

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