MALATE, Manila—Local government representatives of 21 provinces in different parts of the country shared their best practices and accomplishments in developing their respective rice industries as they convened during the Technical Paper Presentation for the 2019 Rice Achievers Awards (RAA).
URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan—With one full year since the enactment of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and partner agencies, in cooperation with the local governments of Manaoag and Urdaneta, Pangasinan, conducted a national event to commemorate the law’s first anniversary of implementation.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its bureaus and implementing agencies including the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), annually celebrates the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) every November.
The celebration aims to encourage every Filipino to do their share of RICEponsibility by valuing every grain of rice and eating healthier rice to benefit themselves, other consumers, rice farmers, and the country as a whole.
Over 6,500 farmers and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) were briefed on the services under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) through a series of information caravans nationwide.
This was led by the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) network of training centers, in close coordination with the regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture and the concerned local government units.
CLARK, Pampanga—Efforts to fully implement the Rice Tariffication Law continues as concerned agencies in the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP), under the law’s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), convened for a writeshop for related training modules.
Spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the writeshop gathered focal persons in training, curriculum writers, and the communications team of the RCEF-RESP Technical Working Group to harmonize training tools, delivery plans, and activities under the program.
PASAY CITY—Top rice-producing provinces, cities, and municipalities, as well as outstanding farmers’ associations, in 2018 were recognized during the latest Rice Achievers Awards.
Various local government units, irrigators’ associations, and small water irrigation systems associations received trophies and cash prizes for their exemplary contributions in rice farming.
Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, congratulated these achievers as she gave the keynote message during the awarding ceremony.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.