BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - Upon the passage of the Republic Act 11203, the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) with annual appropriation of Php 10 billion per year for six years since 2019, there are 4 component programs to provide direct assistance to rice farmers. These are the extension services program, seed program, mechanization program, and the expanded credit assistance program.
Under the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP), more extension workers and rice farm owners will be equipped to become effective trainers, facilitators, and resource persons in their localized Farmers Field Schools (FFS). Thus, ATI-RTC 8 conducted the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Modernized Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds. The more empowered these trainers are, the more effective they will be in imparting the latest modern rice-based production technologies to the farmers in their locality. Doing so will help build an economically-resilient rice community.
During the training, not only were the participants taught about Inbred Rice Seed Production and Farm Mechanization, they were also updated about the PalayCheck System, and rice nutrient, pest, and water management. Field activities at Quilantang farms were conducted to comolement lectures with hands-on activities.
As they prepare themselves to become training facilitators and resource speakers, they were also refreshed on the basics of training management. Participants prepared for their topics for their micro teaching session. This is one of their requirements for them to complete the training. This activity was also an avenue for them to enhance their strengths in their presentation skills, identify their weaknesses and correct them, and to formally prepare them fot their conduct of the FFS in their respective areas and farms.
Thankful to have attended the training, Arnel Abatias, a farmer from Cabucgayan, Biliran said that the training was quite challenging. “However, the knowledge I learned here served as my tool in teaching Modernized Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization.” He said that he learned a lot especially on the new technologies on rice farming. “I would like to encourage everyone to share the knowledge and skills that we have to other farmers.” he added.
“I appreciate every training that ATI has been conducting.” said Ma. Theresa Espelimbero, a participant from Dulag, Leyte. “Their trainings are very detailed and clear. There is always something new that can be shared to our fellow rice farmers and AEWs.”
Thirty-four (34) farmers and AEWs from the different rice producing provinces in region 8 attended the ToT on Modernized Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds on March 1-13, 2020 at ATI-RTC 8, VSU, Baybay City, Leyte.