NORALA, South Cotabato- The enactment of the Rice Tarrification Law (RTL) intensified the challenge to increase productivity and competitiveness of Filipino farmers. Under the law, 10 Billion Pesos will be allocated for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) to support farmers lower their production cost and produce more yield.
One of the components of the RCEF is the Extension Program component being implemented by ATI and TESDA wherein trainings and other activities are being conducted for farmers and agricultural extension workers (AEWs).
On December 9-13, 2019, 30 seed growers from Norala, South Cotabato benefited from this component after completing the Training Course on Inbred Rice Seed Production and Certification. Cultural Management practices in producing quality seeds, Palay-Check updates were discussed and demonstrated during the 5-day training. Also, they were also taught how to examine quality seeds and its certification guidelines.
During the closing ceremony, Director Abdul I. Daya-an challenged and encouraged participants to become more competitive in rice production to sustain their livelihood and contribute to nation’s quest towards inclusion in the global market.