More trainers are now expected to help Filipino farmers following the participants’ completion of rice production training funded by the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP).

In their recent graduation at the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, trainees said they have learned the concepts and principles of the PalayCheck System specifically on the production of high-quality inbred rice and seeds. 

The 15 participants including agriculture extensionist workers, local farm technicians, staff from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and farm school staff or operators from Nueva Ecija were also trained on farm mechanization.  

Other lectures and hands-on experience also covered credit or loans, training, and extension. 

Topics are essential for the trained rice specialists from PhilRice, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on the roll-out of Farmer Field School (FFS) training in provinces under RCEF programs. 

Romer P. Nuno, a farm coordinator of Myriad Farms Agri-business Skill Training and Assessment Center, Inc., shared how the training helped him appreciate farming even more.

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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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