ATI readies another batch of RCEF farm school facilitators

ATI-RTC 02 Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo explained to the participants their role and responsibilities in the implementation of the modified farmers' field school under the Rice Competivtiveness Enhancement Fund.

In preparation for the opening of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Farm Schools for the Wet Season 2020, the ATI-RTC 02 is conducting a 10-day training of trainers from June 22 to July 3.

The Training of Trainers on the Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization aims to capacitate the farm school owners and facilitators with knowledge and skills in the implementation of modified season-long farmers’ field school.
The training focuses on the concepts and principles of the PalayCheck system specifically on the production of high quality inbred rice.

“We need to prepare and enhance your knowledge, skills, and attitude so that you can effectively facilitate farmers’ classes and share the different rice farming technologies. More importantly, we need to continuously develop your respective farms which serve as a techno demo area and model in your community, through the guidance of ATI and other institutions,” Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo emphasized during the opening program.

Lecturers to the said training are from the pool of experts from ATI-RTC 02, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 02, Philippine Rice Research Institute, DA- Regional Crop Protection Center, and Bureau of Plant Industry- National Seed Control Quality Services.
To adhere with the guidelines of the Inter- Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, limited number of participants are attending the said training. Moreover, the training management team employs protocols such as checking of body temperature, physical distancing, wearing of personal protective equipment, and regular disinfection to ensure the safety of the participants.

Last year, the ATI-RTC 02 conducted two batches of the same training for the facilitators of 26 Farm Schools accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

The Rice Tarrification Law or RA 11203 created the RCEF to provide rice farmers with assistance such as inbred seeds, farm equipment, credit, and skills enhancement towards Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita.