BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - Rice farmers in the region continue to receive RCM recommendation to further boost productivity. The Rice Crop Manager (RCM), is a tool developed to help ensure sustainable productivity gains for rice farmers through effective crop-management practices. It has already helped many farmers increase their yields and minimize their farm cost.
To disseminate the advantages of this tool, the Agricultural Training Institute in Eastern Visayas (ATI 8) has been constantly conducting briefings and deployment activities to ensure that all farmers in region 8 can reap the benefits of applying this tool in their respective rice farms.
This year, ATI 8 conducted RCM briefings with the help of FITS staff from Capoocan, Jaro, Hilongos, and Baybay in the province of Leyte, and St. Bernard and Hinunangan in Southern Leyte. Rice farmers received field specific recommendations generated as a result of their interview with the staff about their farm practices.
Around 350 RCM recommendations were generated and handed out to rice farmers in the six municipalities. If followed, these recommendations would help schedule the application of fertilizers to their respective rice fields. It also provides the kind and quantity of fertilizers to be applied to avoid wastage.
RCM is a decision-making tool that can be accessed from a web browser in computers and even smartphones and tablets. It also one of the components of the Food Staples Sufficiency Program under the Philippine Development Plan.
The RCM Briefing and Deployment for the six municipalities were conducted on April 10-12 in Leyte and on April 22-24 in Southern Leyte and was participated by