Merida Rice Farmers brace for new Cropping Season with RCM

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MERIDA, Leyte – Despite the on-going pandemic, ATI-RTC 8 still makes sure to provide its clients with the necessary services they need especially in the area of agriculture. Another cropping season for rice is about to begin. To make sure that local farmers can achieve optimal growth in their rice plants, ATI-RTC 8 conducted the Batch 2 of the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Briefing and Deployment with the help of the Municipal Agriculture Office of Merida, Leyte.

On Aug. 4, 2020, some fifty (50) farmers were interviewed and were provided with RCM recommendation. While observing the safety precautions against CoVid-19, farmers received recommendations which will guide them as they prepare which fertilizers and how much of them will they be needing for each growth stages of their rice plants. Also, with these recommendations, wastage and the unnecessary purchase of farm inputs will be avoided.

Developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the RCM is a decision-making tool that can be accessed through a web browser in computers, smartphones, and tablets.

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