KSL-PhilRiceStudents from Isabela State University (ISU) Echague Campus learned the application of information and communications technology-based resources in agriculture, 17 March.

The knowledge sharing and learning (KSL) activity titled Why AgRiCOOLture? held in PhilRice Isabela aims to increase awareness of future agriculturists on ICT platforms they can use and share to their farmer-parents and relatives.

Over 200 agriculture students participated to try the Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank (PRKB), MOET app and PhilRice Text Center; Rice Knowledge Bank, Rice Crop Manager, Weed ID, and Rice Doctor of International Rice Research Institute; and e-Extension and Farmer’s Contact Center of Agricultural Training Institute.

“This is a very inspiring move as PhilRice is starting to recognize the academe, particularly the students, in the extension delivery system,” said Dr. William Medrano, University Vice President for research, development, extension, and training of ISU.

Challenges in agriculture, the need for extension intermediaries, careers in agriculture, and the role of students as rice extension intermediaries were among the topics discussed in the event.

“With this activity, I learned about our roles as rice extension intermediaries and that we can do something for the farmers by sharing to them ICT-based tools and resources,” said Roxan F. Derada, senior agriculture student.

Dr. Perdita Medrano, ISU University extension director, hopes that more students will find their relevance in the effective delivery of agriculture extension services.

KSL is an activity under the Project IPaD or Improving Technology Promotion and Delivery through Capability Enhancement of the Next-Generation of Rice Extension Professionals. The DA National Rice Program through the Bureau of Agricultural Research funds the project.

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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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