BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - For years now, the Agricultural Training Institute has been celebrating what is known as the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM). This annual celebration is held every November to raise awareness about the importance of rice and the key players in the production of the commodity. This year, the celebration highlights the theme, “Grow local. Buy local. Eat local.” Focusing on the production and patronization of local rice.
As a way of celebrating NRAM, the ATI Network of training centers conducted a nationwide webinar series entitled, “RiceTalks”. The webinars featured up-to-date practices and technologies recommended in rice farming. Farm practices such as seed selection to post-harvest activities were some of the featured topics of the webinar.
For ATI-RTC 8, RIDUKU or the Rice-Duck-Kuhol Integration was discussed. RIDUKU is one way for farmers to minimize the damage brought by the infestation of the golden apple snail to rice fields. Through the use of ducks, kuhol problems are reduced and the field is also cultivated systematically. RIDUKU is also one way to reduce environmental degradation from pesticide use. The topic was discussed by ATI-RTC 8’s SPA cooperator, Mr. Olegario Pardes, Jr. from Ormoc City.
The RIDUKU webinar was streamed live at the ATI in Eastern Visayas Facebook page on November 18, 2020. Other episodes were streamed live at the respective ATI regional training centers’ and ATI Central Office Facebook Page. Rice Talks was conducted from November 16-27, 2020.