The likeness of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and VP Leni Robredo grown on a rice paddy. Photo Credit:FutureRice/Janlois Libed
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines —The FutureRice Program, under the Philippine Rice Research Institute, taps agritourism to call for unity among Filipinos in advancing our rice industry and in uplifting the lives of our rice farmers under the new administration. A 1000-square meter rice paddy displays an art work featuring the images of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo. The paddy art is called “Rice Up Pilipinas”.
The site was launched last September 16 and is open for public viewing daily from 6AM to 6PM.
The paddy art used the Korean variety Purple rice with dark purple leaves to show distinction from the regular green-leafed inbred variety NSIC Rc308.
The FutureRice Program ICT Specialist Nehemiah L. Caballong created the layout and design using the software Photoshop, guided by the anamorphosis approach which distorts the image to appear clearly from the viewing point.
Farm Manager Marian Rikka O. Añora led the manual transplanting of the rice paddy art joined by about thirty farmers from the Genetic Resources Division of PhilRice last August 22. A pattern similar of that for cross-stitch was followed by the group to create the art.
FutureRice Program leader Roger Barroga said, “We came up with a creative way to call for unity among Filipinos to become partners for change in rice farming.”
PhilRice is known for its BeRiceponsible and Brown4good campaigns which promotes responsible consumption of rice alongside with its research and development projects aimed to attain food security and help our farmers increase profitability through various programs.
“We encourage the younger generation to explore rice farming. It is not the same as before. There are new opportunities, technologies, and innovations that we think they will find interesting. They youth is the future of rice. We invite them to come to the farm and have a different rice experience”, Barroga said.
“We are currently exploring agritourism as a means to attract people to rice farming especially the youth. When they come here, they will see and learn about the latest technologies in rice farming like the use of drone, riding-type mechanical transplanter, clean energy facilities and of course organic rice and the different varieties of rice for different environments. They can also enjoy boating and kayaking,” Barroga added.
The “Rice Up Pilipinas” paddy art is the third for the FutureRice Program. It has showcased the image of Dr. Jose Rizal and the popular artists Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards during wet season 2015 and dry season 2016 respectively.
FutureRice Program is developing a 5-hectare demonstration site at PhilRice central experiment station which showcases a collection of high-tech farming innovations as well as natural and diversified farming techniques for farmers, students, enthusiasts and stakeholders. The program aims to prepare farmers for future farming scenarios such as the rising price of fossil-based fuel and climate change.
Barroga also said that visiting the FutureRice farm is absolutely for free and that everyone is welcome. For more info, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/FutureRice or inquire through the PhilRice Text Center 0920-911-1398. (UNTV News and Rescue)
Some 200 Dumagats stranded in N. Ecija due to ‘Rosita’
A member of indigenous Dumagat tribe
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Some 200 members of the indigenous Dumagat tribe remain stranded in Nueva Ecija due to the onslaught of Typhoon Rosita.
They were from the mountains of Sierra Madre who attended the “Araw ng mga Katutubo” on Monday (October 29).
“Tribo po kami ng Dumagat dito sa General Tinio. Nagpunta po kami dito sa lungsod ng Cabanatuan para kami po ay hindi basta makilahok dahil ito po ay pagdiriwang po ng aming rehiyon bilang tribo,” said tribes man Boy Baron.
They will remain in the area until the inclement weather improves.
Meanwhile, the Nueva Ecija Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) assured that emergency units are in place to respond in times of emergencies.
“Naka-monitor po ang lahat ng LDRRMO sa ating mga area of responsibility at nakamonitor po sa mga ilog natin at nagsusubmit po sila ng report doon sa status ng river. Kanina nakatanggap po tayo kanina ng mga litrato ng mga gauge ng river. Nasa below normal pa po iyong mga tubig sa ilog natin,” said Michael Calma, head of PDRRMO.
Around 1,000 food packs are already on standby to be delivered to typhoon-affected residents in the municipality. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)
Aspiring councilman shot dead in Nueva Ecija
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Authorities are investigating the motive behind the killing of an independent election candidate in the town of San Antonio on Friday (October 19).
The victim, 42-year-old Allan Joson was shot dead near his home by a still unidentified motorcycle-riding gunman.
Police recovered at the crime scene seven fire cartridge cases and a deformed bullet slug.
Aside from politics, authorities are looking into business or personal conflict as the motives behind the killing.
Joson lost the vice mayoralty race in 2016.
“Halos lahat dito sa kanya humihingi ng tulong kapag nasa ospital ang mga kalugar niya,” said Joson’s neighbor Raymond Mata.
Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet believed to be from the incident.
The girl survived and is now recovering in a hospital. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)
Agri-business exposition seen to boost farmers’ income
More than 50 micro-agripreneurs and farmers are expected to convene at the upcoming Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Exposition (ASPIRE) in Butuan City on October 12-14
The agri-business exposition is a project of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
The event will feature various processed foods made from high-value crops called “emerging products”.
These include mushroom chicharon sold in several parts of the region.
The project aims to bring the agricultural products closer to consumers in an effort to boost additional income for farmers apart from growing their crops.
“Ito ang matatawag natin na mega exhibit dito sa Caraga kasi lahat ng agencies nandito, kahit kami nasa background lang, pero sasali kami dito kasi ang layon natin dito na ang ating farmers ay maging entrepreneurs at maging mga exporters”,” said DOST-CARAGA Assistant Regional Director Ricardo Varela.
Farmers’ product displays are free-of-charge. The agriculture department also confirmed that products are sold at affordable prices.
the DA said the intensified promotion of emerging agri-products is what sets the mega trade fair apart from all the previous fairs. — Raymond Octobre