TOT on High Quality Inbred Rice Production held for RCEF Recipients

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Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo discussing the rice competitiveness enhancement fund.

SAN MATEO, Isabela. The Agricultural Training Institute in Region 02 conducted two batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) on High Quality Inbred Rice Production. These were in support to the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) as a result of the rice tarrification law.

The conduct of the said TOT is a prerequisite in the conduct of the season-long Modified Farmers’ Field School. This modified FFS will be conducted by the farm school that will be accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The concepts and principles of the palaycheck system was taught during the training. Participants experienced conducting AESA, and monitoring of keychecks at its management in different stages of the rice crop. They were also taught on assessing the nutrient deficiencies of the rice crop. The curriculum of the modified FFS was likewise presented.

Two batches of the said TOT were conducted for this year. The 28 participants from the first batch are now accredited farm school owners of TESDA and now conducting modified FFS. Some of them have implemented seven batches of modified FFS for this year. The second batch of the said training is still ongoing in ATI-RTC 02 San Mateo, Isabela. It will end on December 20, 2019.