Agricultural Training Institute in Central Luzon (ATI-CL), together with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), reviewed the implementation of Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on Modernized Production of High Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds under Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) at TESDA Regional Office III, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on January 14, 2019.
The review includes the implementation of training scholarships, and accreditation of learning sites for agriculture (LSA) and training of trainers in Central Luzon.
The FFS will be a season-long training through TESDA-accredited farm schools with 14 sessions that will train a group of farmers on the latest rice farming system. It will be conducted in farm schools with graduates of Rice Specialists Training Course (RSTC), and Training of Trainers (TOT) as resource persons under TESDA’s scholarship scheme.
“The good thing about FFS is that they don’t need to go on a formal school or structure – this informal set-up will help farmers to easily approach the lessons in a practical manner,” said Veronica Esguerra, ATI-CL center director.
FFS offers space for hands-on learning that will improve farmers’ skills and capabilities in the changing phase of rice industry. It also serves as an avenue for the farmers to increase their knowledge in farming through observations and experiments to solve certain problems in the field. (JLJoaquin)