PRISM WILL BOOST RICE PRODUCTION - VILLAR
SINCE RICE continues to be an important source of livelihood and income for Filipino farmers, Senator Cynthia Villar underscored the critical role of the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) project to boost rice production.
She added that rice farmers are the largest sector in Philippine agriculture.
Also, being the country’s main staple, rice provides 45 percent of the caloric intake of Filipinos, accounting for 20 percent of a typical household’s budget.
“Thus, [we] would be deemed remiss in our duties and responsibilities if we are not able to produce accurate and timely information on rice, particularly its production and yield gaps. These data are important for us to create plans and draft policies,” said Sen. Villar, chair of the Senate Agriculture and Food committee.
With PRISM, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and their other partners are using technologies like remote sensing, crop models, in-field crop surveys, and information and communications technology (ICT), among others, she said.
Sen.Villar said that PRISM would help produce practical and useful information on rice crop seasonality; area; yield; damage from flood, wind, or drought; and yield-
Senator Cynthia Villar browses the PRISM website.