Rice crop lodging is a common sight to ricefields which could not withstand to heavy rains and strong winds.
The P-Noy government program on achieving rice self sufficiency by 2013 is commendable.
Rice is the chief staple crop of the Philippines and annually the country harvests an average of 15.2 million metric tons of rice, leaving 11.3 million tons of rice straw to spare for productive use.
Rice is a staple food for nearly half the globe and provides a fifth of all the calories humanity consumes.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), has reported, the recent two successive powerful typhoons that run havoc to Luzon for a week have damaged agricultural crops amounting to Php 7 billion pesos (US$ 163 million dollars).
Japan is asking for more test on rice grown near the damaged nuclear plant facility after discovering a high levels of radiation noted on the country’s chief staple crop, according to government officials.
Genome researchers has concluded in a study through large-scale gene re-sequencing indicate that domesticated rice may have first appeared as far back as approximately 9,000 years ago in the Yangtze Valley of China.
Rice is not a staple food in the US and the Harvard study is one of the first to distinguish between white rice and brown rice consumption in the country.
The growing demand of glutinous rice in the US has encouraged more farmers to propagate and go into commercial production of various native varieties of rice in the different provinces in the Cordillera region.
Adlai known also as Job’s tears with a scientific name of Coix lacryma-jobi L. is a freely branching upright plant that grows to three feet tall and is being propagated through seeds.