ATI, PhilSCAT Seal Partnership for Rice Mechanization Online Courses

ATI, PhilSCAT launches online course on mechnized rice transplanting technology

MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija – New e-Learning Courses, new partner.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently collaborated with Philippine-Sino Center for Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) for new online courses on mechanized rice transplanting technologies.

The e-Learning course under the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries aims to introduce and acquaint the famers and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) to the mechanized rice transplanting technologies. The latest course was launched last September 23, 3014 during the founding anniversary celebration of PhilSCAT.

ATI-Regional Training Center in Central Luzon (ATI-RTC III) OIC-Center Director Ma. Veronica Esguerra who served as the guest speaker during the event expressed her congratulations to PhilSCAT on the development of the course. “I am confident that PhilSCAT will continue to be our partner and continue to develop more e-Learning courses such as mechanized hybrid rice production and biogas technology and making these course more accessible to every Filipino farmer,” Esguerra said.

The content of the mechanized rice transplanting technology was developed by PhilSCAT’s Knowledge Management Division led by Assistant Director Arnel Ramir M. Apaga and was packaged into an e-Learning course by ATI’s Information Services Division (ISD). The two-module course focused on the different techniques in operating a mechanized rice transplanter as well as various methods on seedling preparation for mechanized rice transplanting.

PhilSCAT plans to have a blended mode approach in their training on mechanized rice transplanting technology where the participants will have to take the online course first before undertaking the hands-on training.

The online course on mechanized rice transplanting technology can be accessed at www.e-extension.gov.ph.