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???????????????????????????????Muñoz, Nueva Ecija – Twenty senior agriculture students from Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMU) in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte completed a week-long training program on the science of rice production at the PhilRice Central Experiment Station, June 19-23.

According to Richard D. Romanillos, senior science research specialist of PhilRice’s Technology Management and Services Division, the training will help the younger generation realize the importance of understanding the science of rice production, specifically in their locality.

“As potential researchers and development workers, it is important for them to know about the significance of rice in our country and their role as future professionals in this field,” he said.

The training participants, accompanied by their instructors and local agriculturists, learned PhilRice-developed technologies such as the PalayCheck System and Palayamanan Plus. PalayCheck is an integrated rice crop management system while Palayamanan Plus is an intensified rice-based production system.  The participants also experienced hands-on activities and field demonstrations to boost their interest in rice production.

“We learned a lot of techniques and strategies to help the farmers in our community. The technologies have yet to reach our place and I aim to help them get higher yield through the lessons that we learned,” said Juliet M. Buyong, one of the participants.

Amelia N. Jugadora, agriculture instructor from JRMU-Siocon campus, said that lectures enforced with actual field application are beneficial to the students. She shared that the knowledge they acquired will be shared to their farmer-parents and relatives.

Trends, issues, and extension and technology promotion in agriculture were also discussed during the 5-day training program.

DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol committed to provide training assistance to the students when he met them during his Biyaheng Bukid leg in Zamboanga del Norte.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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