Farmers’ preference for rice traits: insights from farm surveys in Central Luzon, Philippines, 1966-2012

Laborte, Alice G. and Paguirigan, Neale C. and Moya, Piedad F. and Nelson, Andrew and Sparks, Adam H. and Gregorio, Glenn B. (2015) Farmers’ preference for rice traits: insights from farm surveys in Central Luzon, Philippines, 1966-2012. PLoS One, 10 (8). pp. 1-18.

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Many modern rice varieties (MVs) have been released but only a few have been widely adopted by farmers. To understand farmers’ preferences, we characterized MVs released in the Philippines from 1966 to 2013 and identified important characteristics of the varieties that were widely adopted in Central Luzon using farm surveys conducted in 1966–2012. We found that farmers adopt MVs that are high yielding, mature faster, and have long and slen- der grains, high milling recovery, and intermediate amylose content. The amylose content of adopted varieties has been declining, suggesting value in developing softer rice. To have a high potential for adoption, new MVs should have characteristics within the ranges of val- ues observed for the adopted MVs. In addition, new MVs should have higher head rice recovery, less chalky grains, and better resistance to pests and diseases. Most MVs released in 2005–2013 compared poorly in these three traits. To reduce the risk of severe outbreaks, broad spectrum resistance should be incorporated into new MVs. This analysis of five decades of farm surveys provides insights into the varietal characteristics preferred by farmers which could contribute to the establishment of a product profile for developing improved MVs that are more targeted and, hence, would have high potential for adoption by farmers in Central Luzon and similar areas. We recommend a similar analysis be done in other major rice growing regions to aid the development of MVs that are more responsive to farmers’ needs and preferences.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2016 23:04
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: rice traits; Philippines
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060704 Plant Pathology
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136562

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