By Jocelyn Eusebio
Director, Crops Research Division
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources
Research and Development (PCAARRD)
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Havener Auditorium, IRRI
The strategic S&T plan for rice offers science-based solutions toward achieving increments in the productivity of irrigated rice areas with the use of certified seeds, more efficient production, postharvest, and processing using improved machines developed in partnership with PhilRice, PhilMech, and MIRDC.
At PCAARRD, we have crafted industry strategic plans (ISP) for 2012 to 2016 ascommodity-based blueprints for operationalizing the S&T vision for each priority industry. Each plan provides information on technology baselines, benchmark targets, and the set of S&T interventions required, as well as corresponding resources to achieve desired outcomes. These plans are envisioned to enable the agri-aqua sector to raise productivity to world-class standards.
Farmer adoption of certified seeds, such as Green Super Rice (GSR) in target sites in Ilocos Norte, Leyte, and Sultan Kudarat resulted in huge increases in yield—from 4 to 8 metric tons per hectare.
In the mechanization program, the use of the 6-row transplanter, which has a capacity of 600 cubic meters an hour, can reduce production cost by 4% and seeding rate by 60%. Prototypes of hand-tractor attachments include the rice harvester, which has a working efficiency of 500 square meters an hour and can reduce production cost by 7%. These are now being field-tested for commercialization in 2015.
We hope that these industry S&T plans can provide science-based solutions that will help achieve the goals of the food security and self-sufficiency program of the country by 2016.