“We invited our farmer-cooperators and focal persons of the Accelerating the Development and Dissemination of Associated Technologies on Rice Production that are Resource Use Efficient project to further enhance their capacity as technology adopters,” said Helen R. Pasicolan, PhilRice Isabela research and development coordinator.
Senior Science Research Specialist Anna Theresa Isabela O. Rebong said that the farmer-cooperators are considered as “extension arms” of PhilRice in promoting rice technologies and interventions.
The 52 participants experienced hands-on training and demonstration on some of the resource-use efficient technologies such as the Modified Dapog Seedling, Dapog Seedling for Mechanical Transplanter, Multi-Planter (for Aerobic Rice Culture), and installation and reading of observation well.
According to Pasicolan, the demonstrated technologies are only few of the many technologies that can be adopted by farmers for them to cope with the effects of climate change.
“Other technologies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change are Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD), Reduced Tillage Technology, use of high quality seeds, use of Rice Crop Manager for Nutrient Management, use of drum seeder, and aerobic rice varieties,” said Jay-ar B. Tapec, PhilRice Isabela Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) focal person.
Farmer Igmedio E. Ventura of Mallig, Isabela said that AWD is important to save water, and lessen the cost of production.
Ventura has been using AWD since 2013 after he participated a training program conducted by PhilRice Isabela. He said he has been saving almost 50% of water and labor through AWD.
“After having hands-on experience in mechanical transplanting, I am now looking at the possibility of using mechanical transplanter in my field,” Ventura added.
“With PhilRice Isabela’s learning farm, we hope to convince more farmers to adopt such resource-use efficient technologies,” said Pasicolan.