Better extension service can be expected from the pilot batch of 25 Luzon agricultural technologists and development officers who completed a 5-month training at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), April 17.
Titled Enabling the AgRiDOC: A new breed of rice extensionists, the course did not only prime the pilot batch of AgRiDOCs or Agricultural Development Officers of the Community as transmitters of technologies from research centers but as catalysts of farm community transformation.
The training program is a major component of the project Improving Technology Promotion and Delivery through Capability Enhancement of Next-Gen Rice Extension Professionals and Other Intermediaries (IPaD). It is funded by the DA-National Rice Program through the Bureau of Agricultural Research, and is being implemented by the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the Agricultural Training Institute, and the International Rice Research Institute. IPaD is a project under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program.