SAN JOSE, Antique – “Nalipay ako tungod may pag asa na ang mga mangunguma.” [I am so happy that the (we) farmers have a hope.] This is the statement of Mr. Jeremias Boreros after completing the 12-day intensive Training of Trainers on Inbred Rice Seeds Production and Farm Mechanization for Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization together with 29 other Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries from the Provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental that held last November 18-29, 2019 at The Venue Hotel, San Jose Antique.
The participants joined the activity with heightened sense of mission in helping farmers to become competitive through Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). They have undergone series of lectures and hands-on activities on PalayChecks, Machinery Operation and Safety, Financial Analysis, Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA), and Policies and Guidelines on Seed Certification. They were also taught how to operate different farm machineries such as four-wheel tractor with cultivator, riding type transplanter, and combine harvester. Moreover, they enjoyed the bonus visit in the Anlangangan Solar Powered Irrigation System in Sibalom Antique. Lastly, they presented their rice related topics in microteaching activity.
During the opening program, Mr. Nicolasito Calawag, Provincial Agriculturist of Antique, highlighted the strong partnership of ATI Region 6 and the Province of Antique in providing extension services for the farmers. Likewise, Mr. Albert Istoya, Municipal Agriculturist of Sibalom, showed his support during the hands on activities of the trainees particularly on farm machinery operation.
This is the last activity for 2019 of ATI Region 6 under training component of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program. Generally, the training aims to create a pool of trainers with enhanced knowledge, skills and attitude on the implementation of the Modified Season-Long Farmer Field School (FFS) on the Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds.