TABUK CITY, KALINGA. The Farmers Field Schools (FFS) on rice production for Kalinga launched on February 2020 under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) was finally concluded on July 2020 with 550 farmer graduates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduates of this dry season FFS are from the municipality of Rizal with 100 graduates from four batches, and Tabuk City with 450 graduates from 18 batches.
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. Despite COVID-19 health risks, delivery of government services, particularly in agricultural extension, has to continue albeit some modifications to cope and adapt with the present pandemic. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), for its part, conceptualized the modified school-on-the-air (SOA) as one of its adaptation measures in response to COVID-19. The SOA is an extension strategy where information on a particular subject, or an advocacy is disseminated through radio broadcasts.
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it challenges not only in health but also in agriculture. The pandemic’s economic impact especially on food security became as immediate and pressing as its effect to public health. Fully aware of these challenges, the Government, with the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the lead agency to make food available, accessible, affordable, and safe embarked on implementing various coordinated efforts towards coping, adapting, and ultimately overcoming COVID-19.
TABUK CITY, KALINGA. Consistent with the DA’s thrust to disseminate information on the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the ATI-CAR, in coordination with the concerned LGUs in Kalinga and other RCEF implementing agencies, held a series of municipal-based information caravan on March 10 to 13, 2020. The caravan series covered the municipalities of Rizal, Pinukpuk, Tanudan, and the city of Tabuk on March 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2020 respectively.
BONTOC, MT. PROVINCE. The Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), through its Research Development and Extension Services, staged its “First Knowledge Products for Extension Launching” on February 12, 2020 at the MPSPC Main Campus in Bontoc, Mt. Province. The knowledge products (KP) are outputs of the MPSPC’s extension group after undergoing four ATI-CAR funded trainings.
“Today we need more than a hero, we need the connivance of the Avengers and the Justice League.” This is how Director Glenn B. Gregorio paralleled the needed convergence and partnership of stakeholders in addressing the impacts of climate change in agriculture. Director Gregorio heads the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). He is the keynote speaker during the 33rd anniversary celebration of the Agriculture Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City on January 30, 2020.
LUNA, APAYAO. Twenty-two farmers are to advance to the Phase III of the National Corn-based Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP). These farmers were confirmed as graduates during the FSTP Phase II graduation ceremony on December 4, 2019 at San Francisco, Luna, Apayao.
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. Consistent with their partnership commitments the Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) and the Cordillera Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CorCAARRD) held the fourth Joint Farmers’ Technology Forum with 57 participants. The forum held on November 21, 2019 at the Everlasting Hall, BSU R&E Building has been jointly implemented by the ATI-CAR and CorCAARRD since 2016.
TABUK CITY, KALINGA. Doubts and fears on the effects of Republic Act Number 11203 did not prevent farmers from the major rice producing municipalities of Kalinga to attend the information caravan on the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). The RCEF is a creation of RA 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law intended to further develop farm productivity and profitability among rice farmers in the Philippines.
BONTOC, MT. PROVINCE. Mountain Province produced 80 graduates of the Farmers’ Poultry School (FPS) on Free Range Chicken (FRC) implemented in the municipalities of Bauko, Bontoc and Barlig. Bauko held its FPS at Barangay Otucan Sur from April 23, 2019 to September 13, 2019 with 26 graduates. The FPS for Bontoc was implemented at Barangay Talubin from April 30, 2019 to October 15, 2019 yielding 24 graduates. Barlig produced 30 graduates from the FPS held at Barangay Ogo-og from May 16, 2019 to October 16, 2019.