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RCM: Sending recommendations to rice farmers
Agricultural Training Institute is one of the implementers of the Rice Crop Manager roll-out program. This aims to train the agricultural technologists in using the RCM application and interview rice farmers in their respective municipalities. Interviewed farmers will be included in the roster of clients to be given recommendation by the regional RCM call agent.
In a two-day training, participants learned to operate RCM in both online and offline mode using the required device, print the recommendation, answer RCM questions and explain recommendations generated from a farmer interview, and troubleshoot gadgets associated with the use of RCM. All of which they experienced during an actual field interview in a selected rice farming community in Hilongos, Leyte.
Loreto Anglique Terrena, agricultural technologist from the municipality of La Paz, said, “I am thankful for the invitation from ATI. I know after the training it will be additional workload for us/me but its fine with me because this is the nature of my job so be it. I’m working not only to earn but also to help Filipino farmers to earn higher income. Indeed I learned a lot from the discussions from the resource persons plus the food is great and super relaxing accommodation.
Jeyson L. Tapales from the Municipality of Palo is still grateful for his second training. “As the training go along, I gained learnings, too. My knowledge in RCM got updated. I have submitted my commitment so I really have to do it. I just hope that our internet connection back home gets fixed so I can practice and start right away with my obligation, he said.
Calubian AT Antonio G. Nierras also gave a positive feedback on the training despite the renovations in the venue. He quips, “Positive in a way that each participants have to really sit still and not be tempted to get out because of very small passage out. Although the setup is like this, there is no regret of attending this training, because I learned so much from the speakers and the food they served was more like organic which is very good for our health. Please keep on inviting us for every training as it would be a great help for the farmers in our municipality”.
Thirty-one (31) participants completed the Batch 1 of the RCM roll-out on March 7-9, 2017 at ATI-RTC 8 Building, Baybay, Leyte. Each submitted an action plan for the dissemination and conduct of interviews with the local rice farmers. They are set to produce 200 RCM recommendations in their respective areas.
Batch 2 of the Rice Crop Manager roll out is set on March 21-23, 2017 at ATI-RTC 8 Building, Baybay City, Leyte.