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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.

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