Trainee-graduates of a recent Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) training who are mostly arm school trainers vowed to be at the frontlines in helping the farmers improve their yield and income through shared learning.
In the recent graduation of 34 participants in the training of trainees (TOT), rice specialist Rictor Fortaleza said that the two-week activity has equipped them in educating farmers on modern farm production.
“We went through this training because we want to prove to farmers that they can improve their lives through rice farming,” the Bulaceño agricultural extension worker said, who learned about the production of high-quality inbred rice and seeds and farm mechanization with his colleagues.
Meanwhile, Manuel Felipe, farm school owner of Castro Tomas Agri-Techture Farm School Training Center, said that with the training, he is now ready to step up and share his learnings with the farmers.
Senator Cynthia Villar, proponent of the Rice Tarrification Law (RTL), the law that created the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), congratulated the graduates.
The ToT was conducted through the initiative of RCEF – Rice Extension Services Program from Aug. 12- 26 in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
The RCEF – Rice Extension Services Program is funded under the Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which aims to be competitive amidst trade liberalization. RTL allots P10 billion fund every year to provide farmers with free certified inbred seeds, farm machines, and training on rice production, high-quality seed production, and machine use. Rice farmers also receive loan assistance from the program.