The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC) had a very successful 3-day Annual Meeting last September 21-23 at IRRI Headquarters in the Philippines. Public and private partners from around the world came together virtually and face-to-face to meet, discuss, plan, and collaborate on the group’s activities for advancing hybrid rice research, technologies, and development for the benefit of global food security.
Day 1 was a whole day program at IRRI, where scientists and speakers talked about continuing developments and showcased progress on various activities, followed by presentations of new technologies and feedback from the members. Day 2 in the morning had the members visit the trialing fields of various hybrid rice varieties in IRRI, while the afternoon was taken up by land travel to Nueva Ecija. There on Day 3 in the rice granary province of the Philippines, the members toured the seed reproducibility trials of the Hybrid Rice at Central Luzon State University and various fields at the Philippine Rice Research Institute.
See the collection of pictures taken during the HRDC 2022 Annual Meeting.
Open forum during the afternoon session in which the HRDC engagement in Africa, business model for NARES, and improvements in HRDC are being discussed.
Associate Scientist, Mr. Jerico Bigornia, also provided a tour at the Direct Seeded Rice experimental plots.
Dr. Jauhar Ali, HRDC Lead, providing a short briefing before the start of the field tour in Nueva Ecija.