ATI Region 02 Trains Local Farmer Technicians on Rice

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SAN MATEO, Isabela. The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02) conducted two batches of Capability Enhancement Training for Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) from different municipalities of region 02.

The activity aimed to strengthen and improve the quality of extension services and interventions thus, the need to enhance the capabilities of the LFTs. They were given updates on the current trends of the rice industry and prospects through good agricultural practices and ASEAN integration.

For them to having a competitive advantage in the ASEAN market, they were given lectures on accessing information, communication technology (ICT) based tools as well as how to operate rice crop manager both offline and online in generating recommendations.

Since GAP is considered as one indicator for quality produce, Mr. Robert Salvador of Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority discussed the general pesticide information and its proper use and handling.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cenon Mallillin of the Regional Crop Protection discussed the updates on rice pests and diseases. He said that the current insect pest of rice is focused on rice black bug. Thus, he gave tips on how to manage the said insect.

On social technologies, Dr. Claris Alaska and Ms. Francisca Yuro of ATI-RTC 02 discussed the extension methods and approaches, extension communication, presentation and facilitation skills. The inputs were reminders for them in performing their roles as local farmer technicians.

Participants demonstrated appreciation and interest in the importance of new technologies and updates shared by the resource persons. The activity was conducted in support to the rice program of the Department of Agriculture. It was held on February 25 to March 1, 2019 at ATI-RTC0 2 San Mateo, Isabela.