TANTANGAN, South Cotabato- The Agricultural Training Institute, being the lead agency in the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund’s (RCEF) extension component, is simultaneously conducting a Training of Trainers (TOT) on Inbred Rice Seed Production and Farm Mechanization through its Regional Training Centers.
In ATI-RTC XII, the training has started last November 12, 2019 with thirty (30) Learning Site Cooperators as participants. The invited LSA Cooperators were duly accredited by TESDA as farm schools.
“This the 1st Batch of the Training of Trainers on Rice Inbred Seed Production and Farm Mechanization. There will be another three batches. With that, we are hoping that you will put extra effort on this training as you will be the future trainers of our rice farmers. We are counting on you”, said Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an in his welcome message.
Career Development and Management Services Section Chief Ms Simona P. Dela Cruz said that this 12-day training will enable the participants to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude on Rice Inbred Seed Production and Farm Mechanization. She also noted that after the completion of this training, the participants are expected to implement the Modified Farmer’s Field School on the Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice Seeds.
Meanwhile, the resource persons of this training are Mr. Solaiman Kabasalan and Mr. Danilo Bariñan, ATI-RTC XII Technical Staff who recently completed the Rice Specialist Training Course (RSTC) in PhilRice, Nueva Ecija.
During the opening program, Mr. Kabasalan said that the participants will undergo an intensive and hands-on training. There will be three (3) modules to be used as learning material for this training which includes the Palay Check Sytem from Key Check 1 to Key Check 9. He also said that it is important that the participants will go through hands-on activities such as land preparation, transplanting, roguing, AESA and the like. Mr. Kabasalan also encouraged them to experience operating rice farm machineries.
The schedule for the next three batches of Training of Trainers on Inbred Rice Seed Production and Farm Mechanization are as follows:
2nd Batch on November 26 to December 7, 2019
3rd Batch on December 3-14, 2019
4th Batch on December 3-14, 2019