Monday, March 22, 2021

IRRI’s and Kalanamak Mahotsav 2021, Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. 13th to 15th March 2021



Kapilvastu and Kalanamak Mahotsav:

The Government of Uttar Pradesh organized a three days (13-15 March 2021) festival named Kalanamak Mahotsav’ within the broader Kapilvastu Mahotsav in the Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The Kalanamk Mahotsav aimed to popularize, promote, market, and brand the Kalanamak rice. It is also referred to as the “Black Pearl” of eastern Uttar Pradesh and is known for its relationship with Lord Buddha, Buddhism, and its superb nutritional and aroma quality. The milled rice is whitish in

Friday, March 12, 2021

IRRI research partners present sustainability plans for WeRise in the Philippines


National agricultural research and extension system (NARES) in the Philippines presented their sustainability plans for the Weather-Rice-Nutrient Integrated decision support system (WeRise).  The plans were presented during a virtual and on-site Handover Ceremony and Sustainability Workshop on 09 March 2021.

WeRise is a digital tool for rainfed rice farmers adapted for the Philippines by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with funding from Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). The project is implemented by IRRI, Department of Agriculture (DA)-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and JIRCAS. WeRise provides advisories on the best time to plant and apply fertilizer using suitable varieties based on weather conditions, crop growth, selected farm characteristics, and management practices. The advisories are web-based and can be accessed through a computer or smartphone three months before the cropping season. This gives farmers sufficient time to allocate limited resources such as capital, labor, and inputs and plan for upcoming cropping seasons. 


The participants presented activities related to scaling up use of the tool, further validation in additional locations, increasing awareness of the tool, and institutionalizing WeRise through the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund and Smarter Rice Program Package of Technologies for rainfed rice areas. PhilRice Deputy Executive Director for Research, Eduardo Jimmy Quilang also suggested the “Popularize, Sustain and Scale through Partnerships” approach, which served as the framework of the sustainability plans used by some DA regional and municipal offices.