Rice Crop Manager is now on version 2.03
Calamba City, Laguna- Rice Crop Manager or most commonly known as RCM is on version of 2.03. The Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) tool has been upgraded and improved to Rice Crop Manager Advisory Service (RAS) last 2016.
RAS provides a new user interface (web-based platform) for accessing RCM and complementary tools and services such as Rice Crop Manager, RCM Farmer and Field Registration, RCM ID Maker, RCM Messenger (Phone call by DA-ATI), RCM SMS Launcher, RCM Farming Monitor, and RCM Variety Selector. All of which can be accessed on the said platform.
With the continuous effort of the Agricultural Training Institute, DA- Regional Field Office and International Rice Research Institute in disseminating the wed-based application, ATI IV-A kicks off the first of three batches of provincial roll-out of Training on the Use and Operations of Rice Crop Manager (RCM). The participants composed of rice technician and Local Farmer Technician (LFT) coming from the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, and Rizal.
During the three-day training, the participants were able to identify the use and importance of RCM, operate RCM both online and offline mode using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, print a one-page RCM recommendation, and more importantly explain the RCM questions and recommendations generated from a farmer interview.
The participants also had the opportunity to conduct a half day technical briefing on RCM in three barangays in Calauan, Laguna. The group generated and provided 54 RCM recommendations to the rice farmers for the next cropping season.
One of the participants, a 68-year old LFT, Mr. Enrique San Jose from Antipolo City, Rizal was able to generate three recommendations using his smart phone. He explained that this is his first time to interview using a smart phone. “Nagyon lang [ako] naka experience ng pag-interview [gamit ang cellphone], duon sa amin nakapag interview na kami nuon pero sinasubmit pa namin sa aming technician” he said.
Present during the closing program, the team leader of Rice Crop Manager and Senior Scientist at IRRI, Ms. Sarah J. Beebout commended ATI-CaLaBaRZon and the participants for the success of the training. She was also thrilled to know the feedback of the farmer once the participants create their local RCM team and disseminate RCM in their respective areas. “We hope that it helps farmer to improve their yield and be more profitable. And we are very excited to see what your reactions are when you go out” she lauded.
Capping the three-day training, Training Center Superintendent II, Ms. Marites Piamonte-Cosico, in her closing message encouraged the participants to become more proactive and inform the farmers that there’s a tool that can help increase their yield and become profitable.
The three-day training was held at Doña Jovita Garden, Calamba City, Laguna last March 15-17, 2017.
Edited by: MJaurigue