As part of the implementation of the Rice Comprehensive Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Program, the Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center XI (ATI-RTC XI) conducted the Training of Trainers (TOT) on Modernized Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds on July 27, 2020, to August 7, 2020.
It was participated by 16 individuals comprising of Agriculture Extension Workers (AEWs), Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) Cooperators, and staff from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The 12-day training aimed at enhancing the participants' capability to produce high quality inbred rice and seeds using modern farming technology for them to successfully implement the Modified Season-long Farmer Field School on the Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice Seeds. Also, it would heighten their sense of mission to help rice farmers become competitive through RCEF.
Highlights of the training are the lectures on inbred rice and seed production with an emphasis on the concepts and principles of the PalayCheck System, a rice crop management system developed by PhilRice.
Moreover, transformational leadership and financial literacy modules were also discussed to enhance participants social technology skills.
Aside from lectures, interactive activities such as hands-on use of rice farm machinery, data gathering exercises, and micro-teaching were also employed to provide a holistic learning experience for the participants.
“The training is well-organized and clear. The activities such as hands-on farm operation, microteaching, and actual farm visitation, including interviews of the farmers in the field are good and very interesting, I gain a lot of experience,” said Lyndon F. Basilio, RCEF-LSA Cooperator and one of the participants of the training.
The TOT was held at Green Cuisine, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.