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Palace vows to modernize agriculture sector

January 15, 2020

Inspired by the third place finish of the Philippines in the recent world’s best rice competition, the government vowed to work harder to improve the plight of farmers and modernize the agriculture sector, a Palace official said Wednesday.

“If there is one thing that this feat shows, it would be the Philippines is still among the best, if not the best, producers of rice,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

“As an agricultural country, this recognition should all the more inspire the government to work harder in improving the lot of our farmers and modernizing the agricultural sector,” he added.

Of the 30 countries, the Philippines ranked third in the world’s best rice contest during the World Rice Conference held last November. Vietnam secured the top recognition, followed by Thailand.

“The Office of the President acknowledges the efforts of Chen Yi Agventures in placing the flag yet again on the pedestal of producing quality rice as it was recognized as one of the world’s best during the 11th Annual World Rice Conference 2019 held in the country last November,”Panelo said.

“Out of the 30 participating countries, the Philippines ranked third with its Renucci Rice entry,” he added.

Panelo said Chen Yi Agventures, as well as the Philippine Rice Research Institute, should be credited for their achievement despite being a last-minute addition.

“Unlike other participants, the Philippines was not fully able to prepare for its rice sample,” he said.

“In fact, the group only took a 2-kg sample of the rice from a supermarket and submitted it to the conference’s board of judges. The rest, as they say, is history,” he added.

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