The PalayCheck System booklet, one of the reading materials being distributed by RCEF-RSEP for farm technicians, discusses principal areas of crop management such as seed quality, land preparation, crop establishment, and the respective management of nutrients, water, pests, harvest, and postharvest.

About 400,000 farmers in 57
provinces across the country had received assistance from the Rice
Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP)
through reading materials on modern rice farming.

Circulated during seed
distribution of RCEF-Seed Program, the Gabay sa Makabagong Palayan published by
Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture
(DA-PhilRice), contains recommendations from seed germination until harvesting.

“This leaflet has become our
guide. It tackles all the information that farmers need to know. أعمال في المنزل تجلب المال It’s a great
help for farmers, especially for those who are new to rice farming,” Rogel
Comesario, an RCEF beneficiary from Manaoag, Pangasinan, said.

Comesario, who harvested 7t/ha in
the dry season, shared that the information he obtained from the leaflet helped
him achieve 1-ton increase in his yield. The Gabay sa Makabagong Pagpapalayan
leaflet includes step-by-step procedure on sowing the certified inbred rice seeds,  seedbed preparation, land preparation,
fertilizer application, and harvesting.

Aside from the leaflet, RCEF-RESP
also distributed English and Filipino copies of PalayCheck System booklet to
technical workers and agriculture technicians under the training program.
PalayCheck System is a dynamic rice crop management that presents the key
technology and management practices as key checks.

Videos on PalayCheck System, RCEF
programs, and four ways on how farmers can compete amidst the influx of
imported rice were also played during technical briefings and seed
distribution. The videos are also available on PhilRice TV

The distribution of information,
education, and communication (IEC) materials is only one of the strategies
implemented by RCEF-RESP. Training scholarships for the farmers will also be
implemented to teach them skills on modern rice production and mechanization.

RCEF -Seed Program and RESP are
components of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tariffication Law, which allots
P10-billion fund every year for the rice farmers. Sponsored by Sen. Cynthia
Villar, RCEF is a six-year government initiative to help the farmers compete in
the international rice market.

PhilRice, the government’s lead
agency on rice research and development, leads the RCEF-Seed Program and
assists in RESP. With eight stations across the country, its programs and
projects are in line with the DA’s “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita” battlecry.
For more information about the Institute’s program, queries can be sent through
PhilRice Text Center (0917 111 7423) or email

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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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