TANTANGAN, South Cotabato- The Agricultural Training Insitute-Regional Training Center XII began the conduct of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Baseline Survey for Region XII last February 04, 2020.
Republic Act 11203 has created the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) to improve rice farmer’s competitiveness and income amidst liberalization of the Philippine rice trade policy that lifted quantitative restrictions on rice imports and replace it with tariffs.
Of the total Php10B RCEF budget for six years, ten (10) percent or Php 1B will be allotted for the Rice Extension Service Program (RESP) implemented by the ATI, PhilRice, PHilMech and TESDA. Included in the RESP is the RCEF baseline survey.
The survey aims to collect baseline and key information of farmers in relation to the delivery of agriculture and fishery extension services program under the RCEF-RESP.
In Region XII, a total of 399 farmers are expected to be surveyed. On top of that, few Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW) who have successfully completed the Training of Trainers (TO) on Inbred Rice Seeds Production and Farm Mechanization conducted by ATI last year will also be interviewed.
Of the 399 farmers, the provincial sample size are broken down as follows: 203 farmers from North Cotabato, 67 farmers from South Cotabato, 119 farmers from Sultan Kudarat and 10 farmers from Sarangani.
As of February 07, around 93 farmers were surveyed. They are from the Municipalities of Pigcawayan, Midsayap, Libungan, Tulunan, Matalam, Carmn, Aleosan, Kiamba, Maitum, Alabel and Glan.
Meanwhile, Project Evaluation Officer I Ms Bai Moniera Salilama led the conduct of RCEF Baseline Survey with the help of RCEF Point Person/Training Specialist II Engr. Mokles P. Buisan. Among the enumerators during the survey were selected staffs of ATI-RTC XII.
The RCEF team will continue the survey this week with the target farmers of 224 in the four provinces of the Region, aiming to finish the survey before the end of February.