ATI Central Luzon validates FITS Centers for Enhancement

For 2017, a total of 10 Farmers Information Technology Services (FITS) Centers in Central Luzon will be enhanced under the Rice Crop Manager (RCM).

For the first quarter, three FITS Centers were identified for enhancement: Balanga, Talavera and Dingalan. These said FITS Centers were validated by the RTWG (Regional Technical Working Group) composed of ATI and CLAARRDEC staff.

This will be implemented to enhance the services and capabilities of FITS Centers through the integration of RCM.

By the end of March, the Php50,000.00-worth of equipment or supplies will be given to the FITS Centers. In turn, they will have to generate 100 recommendations per season and institutionalize RCM deployment as one of their activities.

RCM, according to IRRI, is a decision-making tool accessible through the web browser on computers and smartphones. Extension workers, service providers and crop advisors can use this to interview a farmer and provide advice to him/her. In addition, one of its goals is to increase the income of a farmer by around Php4667.50 or USD100 per hectare per crop.