According to the recent report, it has been revealed that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) called for state scientists to ramp up research and development activities that were more accessible to farmers to support rice security in the country. In this regard, it should be looked into that whether the cost that which has been invested that has generated the desired benefits also. Moreover, it is still have to see that whether these are adapted on a wider scale with the goal of reaching more rice and rice farming communities nationwide towards achieving rice security in Philippines, as stated by the Science Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña. Further, while speaking to staff of the Philippine Rice Research Institute last week, Mr Dela Peña cited the outputs of rice R&D and the industry’s role in helping the country’s rice sector. In this context, it has also been described that in a country where rice is a staple food, nothing compares for an ordinary citizen than to be assured of having an affordable, accessible, high-quality, and nutritious rice at all times according to Mr Dela Peña.
Furthermore, Mr Dela Peña was also referring to the significance of technologies developed under the Rice Industry Strategic S&T Program, which supports efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production by 2020. The program has been teamwork with a partnership among government agencies PhilRice, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARD), Metal Industry Research and Development Center and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). In addition, among these technologies ,is the use of certified seeds, bio-stimulants and elicitors, and efficient use of fertilizers and water were targeted to increase productivity by 10 percent while simultaneously reducing production cost by 5 percent too.