Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija – As part of its new development program that aims to develop rice and rice-based enterprise models to enhance farmers’ income, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) conducted a 10-day training of trainers for RiceBIS Community Program implementers at its Central Experiment Station in Maligaya, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, August 1-10.
“The program called Rice Business Innovations Systems (Rice BIS) Community is designed not only to promote high-yielding and cost-reducing rice technologies but also to develop rice farmers’ linkages with business development service providers and rice buyers,” said Dr. Aurora Corales, program leader and supervising science research specialist of PhilRice, in her statement during the training opening program.
The 10-day training was participated in by 29 development staff from PhilRice branch stations in Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Central Experiment Station, Laguna, Mindoro, Albay, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, and North Cotabato.
Corales said the training was carried out to enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills on rice production (emphasizing the PalayCheck System), rice processing, organization building, and enterprise development.
“Our staff are good in technical rice production aspect, but they lack knowledge on business. We need to learn entrepreneurship and teach it to the farmers. Our goal is to make them agripreneurs,” the program leader said. Corales also mentioned that the program would introduce the clustering strategy to develop farmers’ enterprise.
After the training, the participants are expected to implement the program in their respective assigned areas in Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Negros Occidental, Albay, Quezon, Agusan del Sur, and North Cotabato.
According to one of the trainees, Maritha Manubay from PhilRice Isabela, the reality is always harder and that the learning will continue as they go back to their areas of implementation.
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