ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA-The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center IX in partnership with the PhilRice and Bureau of Plant Industry conducted a Basic Training Course on Inbred Rice Seed Production and Certification for Seed Growers which aim to develop prospective farmers to become accredited seed growers.
This training is part of the new program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) called Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Rice Extension Services Program (RESP). The RCEF RESP aims to enhance the capability of Rice Fund beneficiaries on modernized inbred rice and seed production and other relevant skills for improved competitiveness and income.
A total of 32 farmers from the priority municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay participated in the 5-day training. Lecture, participative discussion, workshops, and field practicum were employed in the training.
During the closing program, one of the participants Fr. Julius Pimentel, a priest and a farmer delivered his words of impressions. He said that “this training gives an opening to new hope and opportunity to thrive in the present challenges of farmers but still worries about the future of farming/agriculture industry remain. With that, we need to step higher for us not to be left behind in terms of equipment and technologies.”
The 5-day training program was successfully conducted at Cecille's Hotel, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay last November 4-8, 2019.