Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Philippines: IRRI communications and partnerships head speaks at rice industry meet

V. Bruce J. Tolentino, IRRI's deputy director general for communications and partnerships, delivered a Philippine, Vietnamese, and Thai rice industry situationer, including the impact of climate change on the industry, during the Philippine Rice Industry Symposium held on 27 June 2012.

Proceso Alcala, Philippine agriculture secretary, delivered the keynote message for the event and shared government direction, initiatives, regulation, and outlook for the rice industry.

Discussed in a forum during the event were financing products for sustainable and renewable energy that will help improve the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of farmers, millers, and traders.

Ninety-seven participants attended, representing the rice milling (22), rice trading (14), combined rice milling and trading (20), and fertilizer trading (5) sectors.

The symposium was sponsored by BDO Unibank, Inc., and was held at Manansala Hall of the BDO Corporate Center in Makati City, Philippines.

BDO is planning to facilitate similar activities in the various regions of the Philippines and to continually partner with IRRI for its expertise as resource in such events. Members of BDO management hosted the event.

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