The Rice Program Coordinators from the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Centers in the entire country convened in Basco, Batanes for a Skills Enhancement Training.
After undergoing the first two phases of the Farmer Scientists Training Program, selected corn farmers in the municipalities of Basco, Mahatao, Uyugan and Ivana in Batanes joined the training for the phase 3.
The Agricultural Training Institute - Region 02 conducted technology updates on organic agriculture for the Local Technical Committee (LTC). It was held on February 24, 2020 at the Center in Malasin, San Mateo, Isabela.
The techno-updates enhanced and updated the knowledge of the participants regarding organic agriculture program and its related technologies and concerns.
The municipality of Cabatuan is known to be one of the top rice producers in the region. However, they are not spared from the challenges of the rice industry as well as the effects of climate change.
As a support, the Agricultural Training Institute in Region 02 initiated five batches of Corn-after-Rice Training for the selected farmers of the said municipality.
More and more farmers are still requesting for a credit worthiness seminar under the Sika Saka Program (SSP) of the Department of Agriculture and Land Bank of the Philippines.
Another three batches of Credit Worthiness Seminar were conducted for the farmers of San Mateo and Cabatuan, Isabela.
After attending a four month-long intensive training titled “Enabling the AgRiDOC: A New Breed of Rice Extensionists,” the extension workers are now on their way to bring extension services right in the community.
The five-day training on seed testing was held for the Seed Analysts of the National Seed Quality Control Services of the Bureau of Plant Industry.
The Agricultural Training Institute – Region 02 sponsored the training as part of the extension support to the rice competitiveness enhancement fund.
The Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02) is not only serving farmers but also agriculture students.
As mungbean capital of the Philippines, farmers of San Mateo, Isabela are practicing munggo after rice. As an alternative farming system and to address scarcity of water and low price of palay, corn after rice was also introduced to them.