Before the participants head to their respective homes, a simple photo opportunity to serve as a remember takes place outside the 4H Learning Hub, ATI RTCVI, ASU Compound, Banga, Aklan.

BANGA, Aklan – ATI Region 6 records 20 farmers and stakeholders during the National Rice Awareness Month 2020 (NRAM) campaign on November 27, 2020, at 4H Learning Hub, ATI-RTC VI, ASU Compound, Banga, Aklan.

Susan Dordas, Agricultural Technologist of LGU-Dao, Capiz, shared her expertise in utilizing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to the invited participants. She discussed the said agricultural technology from land preparation to planting until harvesting. Some of the participants threw questions about the input costs highlighting the labor cost and comparing it to the volume of its harvest and return of investment.

Rodel Leyson, Training Specialist II/Project Officer, also discussed the overview of the activity and the benefits and components of the Rice Tariffication Law as part of the awareness campaign. After the seminar proper, the participants bagged home 25kg locally-produced rice; t-shirts; facemask; alcohol; and plant starter kits. The said starter kits include vegetable seeds with its corresponding IECs, 1kg of vermicast, and a seedling tray.

This activity is part of the nationwide campaign. NRAM intends to raise awareness that aims to promote responsible rice consumption through the non-wastage of rice and consumption of healthier rice. Further, this campaign boosts the farmers’ morale that will altogether contribute to the attainment of rice-sufficiency and food security in the country.