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The participants experience using the transplanter during the hands-on activity of the training.

BANGA, Aklan - Taking the next step to “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita” of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), as 27 participants composed of 20 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and seven Learning Site (LS) Operators from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, and Capiz took part in the Training of Trainers on Modernized Production of High Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds. The training was conducted last October 14-25, 2019 in ATI Region 6’s Training Hall.

They have undergone series of lectures and hands-on activities on Palay Check System, Machinery Operation and Safety, Financial Analysis, Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA), and Policies and Guidelines on Seed Certification. They were also taught how to operate farm machineries such as riding type hand tractor with leveler, mechanical transplanter, rotary weeder and rotary reaper. The trainees also visited the National Food Authority (NFA) Satellite Office to familiarize themselves with post-harvest machines. Aside from these, they presented different topics related to rice in their microteaching using innovative visual presentations. They will use it to implement effectively the modified Farmers’ Field School (FFS).

During the closing program, Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista, Center Director, encouraged the participants to translate the real purpose of RCEF to the farmers in their respective municipalities. She highlighted that this training will prepare them to become effective trainers on modified FFS. She further congratulated them for their endurance on the duration of the training.

The same training will be conducted for the Provinces of Negros and Iloilo under the RCEF in relation to the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) known as R.A. 11203.