Work Package 1 :

User requirements and evaluation

Conduct reflection workshop on the lessons learned from PRISM and other projects related to assessment of pest injuries and diseases and production situation

A reflection workshop was conducted on 27 June 2017 at the Gladiola Center, Benguet StateUniversity, La Trinidad, Benguet with participants from IRRI, PhilRice, and BPI. The objectives of the workshop were to …

Conduct product evaluation workshops

This will be reported in the last quarter of Year 2 (after the National Assessment).

Conduct needs assessment workshops

A needs assessment workshop was conducted on 29 June 2017 at the Gladiola Center, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet with participants from IRRI, PhilRice, BPI and DA-RFOs. The activity have met the following objectives…

Work Package 2:

Field studies and experiments on risk factors

for pest and disease outbreaks

Develop written procedures for field experiments, and PRISM crop health data collection

A series of workshops with the DA Regional Field Offices were coordinated by BPI, IRRI and PhilRice to harmonize and standardize the crop health monitoring protocols across the country. Written procedure for field experiments to identify risk factors for diseases were prepared and are being used in different field experiments…

Production of Antisera for RTBV and RTSV

Rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV) and Rice tungro spherical virus (RTSV), the combination of which causes the tungro disease. Production of antisera for these viruses are done and tested to evaluate the ….

Conduct experiments, and field surveys to identify risk factors for blast, BLB, Tungro/GLH, BPH and rats outbreaks

Experiments on the effect of weather and host plant resistance on the risk of bacterial blight, leaf blast and neck blast; surveillance of bacterial blight and blast pathogens; risk factors for rice tungro disease outbreaks; effect of stagnant flooding on the population dynamics of brown plant hopper and its major natural enemies.

Develop pest profiles using standard protocol

Profiles of major pests of rice (rats, BLB, blast, bph, and tungro) are currently being developed using BPI’s pest database from a 23-year data (1991 to 2018).

Conduct field surveys in monitoring sites in the Philippines

This activity makes use of an Android-based smartphones supported application called the PRIME Collect for easier recording and fast transmittal of collected field data. These smartphones are installed with digital survey forms comprising 6 electronic forms…

Work Package 3 :

Remote sensing-based crop mapping and monitoring

Develop detailed protocol for validation of risk maps

The WP3 aims to identify the risk factors for blast, BLB, tungro/GLH, BPH to produce layers necessary for risk mapping. Experts from the entomology, rodent, and disease workgroups were interviewed to help the WP3 team identify which known risk factors should be prioritized…

Develop methods for extracting information on rice crop characteristics, management practices and indicators of crop health/ growth

A field survey was conducted in selected municipalities of Iloilo, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Leyte and Agusan del Sur to collect rice crop characteristics and management information that will be used together with remote sensing data …

Acquire, pre-process and interpret remotely-sensed data

The remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or popularly known as drone shows increasing potential for large-scale, spatial surveillance of crop growth and pest intensity in farmer’s field. At IRRI, drones were used to monitor growth of direct-seeded rice and intensity of bacterial blight at different growth stages.

Obtain field measurements and analyze their interference/ interactions with remote sensing data

A camera setup was tested in the IRRI experimental station to automatically take photos of the rice crop daily. The rice growth in the Direct Seeded Rice demo farms was monitored through this camera setup and correlated with drone and satellite data to be able to delineate transplanted from direct seeded rice and monitor crop growth.

Test and evaluate methods

The initial assessment on the development of methods for extracting information on rice crop characteristics and management practices will be reported in Year 3.

Apply methods to map rice cropping system characteristics and indicators of crop health/ growth

This will be reported in Year 3.

Work Package 4 :

Analysis of risk factors for pest and disease outbreaks

Collect weather, crop management and other data required to characterize current and future scenarios

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Identify the risk factors by analyzing data from WP2 and WP3 using statistical techniques

This will be reported in Year 3.

Map potential risks of pests and diseases

This will be reported in Year 3.

Work Package 5 :

Pest and disease risk intelligence

Pre-season bulletins on pest risk and mitigation strategies to be submitted to DA

This will be reported in Year 3.

Within season bulletins on pest disease risk mitigation strategies to be submitted to DA

This will be reported in Year 3.

Work Package 6 :

Capacity building

Train project partners on the protocols for data collection from field studies or experiments and validation of risk maps

A series of regional trainings for rice pest surveillance were conducted in 15 regions and participated by DA-RFOs and members of the local government units (LGUs) who will collect data in the field. These training were led and hosted by the DA-RFOs with resource speakers from BPI, IRRI and PhilRice.

Train project staff on crop mapping and monitoring using remote sensing

The following activities were conducted to facilitate the needs of the project staff and partners in relation to remote sensing:
The Training on Google Earth Engine (GEE) was conducted on 27-29 June 2018. There were 12 participants from PhilRice and IRRI…

Train project partners on pest risk analysis, mapping and mitigation

Two batches of training-workshop on Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling were conducted on 3-5 September 2018 (PRIME-IRRI) and 17-19 September 2018 (Project partners) at RRI, Los Baños, Laguna…

Work Package 7 :

Sustainability plan

Work Package 0 :

Project management and coordination

Conduct kick-off workshop

PRIME project has kicked off through an inception workshop conducted on 27-28 June 2017 at the Gladiola Center, Benguet State University,and met the following objectives: a) presented the activity plans and timeline of the four PRIME workgroups (Entomology, Plant Diseases, Rodent Management, and Remote Sensing and Mapping); …

Conduct a terminal workshop

Terminal workshop will be conducted in the last year of the project to report the project’s accomplishments and learnings.

Form project management team

The Special Order (SO) on the composition of the PRIME Management Team (PMT), Advisory Committee and DA-RFO Focal Persons for PRIME was signed by DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (SO No. 1002 dated 3 September 2018).

Conduct quarterly project management team meetings

The MT holds a regular quarterly meeting to discuss important project matters, make decisions and approve recommendations, and also assures that the project is accordingly aligned and executed towards achieving its goals and objectives.

Maintain project management system

A cloud-based document sharing platform was initiated by the project coordinators to be able to share and maintain common project folders and documents. Examples of such documents are project proposal, progress reports, PRIME staff directory, calendar of events, list of training programs, minutes of meetings, etc…