AEWs got updated on RCM Advisory Service, Ready to Assist Rice Farmers

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Ms. Emma Oandasan of LGU Ballesteros, participant of the training on RAS, interviews a farmer at Cansan, Cabagan, Isabela during an actual registration of farmers and his farmlot, and generation of RCM recommendation.

CABAGAN, Isabela. The three batches of training on rice crop manager advisory service (RAS) were completed. It was conducted for the rice agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and staff of the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers.

The 90 AEWs who participated in the training were now updated on the added components of the RAS. “This integrated RCM platform for extension service comes with complementary component tools covering the rice crop manager as the core component, farmer and farm lot registration, farmer ID maker, farming monitor, RCM messenger and user registration,” which were discussed with hands-on exercises during the training,” Dr. Claris Alaska said during her discussion on the introduction of the RAS.

The features of the different components were discussed by resource speakers from the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02), Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 02 (DA-RFO 02) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Mr. Benedicto Jardinero and Ms. Rowena Castillo of IRRI discussed the site-specific nutrient management in relation to rice crop manager. It is one of the bases in coming up with the tool in helping farmers achieve optimum yield.

Participants were urged to measure the field of the farmers prior to generating accurate RCM recommendation. “The training will help address the biggest problem of our farmers in which which they do not know the exact measurement of their field,” said Karylle Divine Respicio of LGU Angadanan, Isabela.

Meanwhile, the actual exercise on field measurement using global position system (GPS) device helped the AEWs on the actual operation of the device, which they will use it when they go back to their respective municipalities. The initial FITS centers who sent their staff to participate in the training were given one unit of GPS device.

During the actual field activities, each participant was required to assist at least one farmer on the farmer and farmlot registration, field measurement and generation of RCM recommendation. They were also required to explain the recommendation prior to giving it to the farmers. Successfully, around 151 RCM recommendations were generated, 114 fields measured and 94 GPX files uploaded during the training.

The implementation of the training from May 28-31, June 3-6, and June 18-21 was just timely for land preparation of the farmers on the onset of the wet season.