Specialist-graduates of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP) will train farmers on modern rice farming in Agusan del Norte come next year.
Trained on PalayCheck – an integrated rice production system, agriculturists in the local government of Cabadbaran City said that they will conduct series of training to irrigation system members and farmers through Farmer Field School. The rice specialists were also trained on operating farm machines and transformational leadership.
Rica Mae A. Morales, agriculture technician, said as trainers, they are expected to educate more farmers improve their competitiveness and income.
“I was excited when our municipal agriculturist picked me to serve as a resource person in one of Farmer Field Schools. I was comfortable teaching them because I’m already equipped with the knowledge acquired from the training,” she said.
Transferring their knowledge, technicians will train farmers on PalayCheck, modern machines, and diagnostic farm tools.
Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in Agusan del Norte has already trained 41 participants.The RCEF-RESP is a component of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tariffication Law signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, which allots P10 billion fund every year for the rice farmers. Sponsored by Sen. Cynthia Villar, the program is a six-year government initiative to help the farmers compete in the international rice market. The local government units and lawmakers assist in its implementation.
The program is implemented by DA-PhilRice, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Agricultural Training Institute, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.