RCEF Farm School Owners Trained on Using RCM Advisory Service

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Farm School owners under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Program and representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Laguna and Quezon were trained on Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Advisory Service (RAS).

The “Regional Training of Trainers on Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Advisory Service (RAS)” was intended to create a pool of trainers to handle basic trainings on the use of RCM, including generation of its recommendation.

ATI Region VI Hosts its 1st RCEF TOT Blended Learning Course

BANGA, AKLAN – ATI Region 6 hosts its first batch of flexible learning modality with conduct of Training of Trainers on the Production of High-quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization that runs from September 14-25, 2020. The first phase was conducted via Zoom Platform that focused more on lectures and micro teaching while the second phase was done face-to-face that carried out the hands-on activities held at Dreamer’s Valley Camp & Resort, Buenavista, Tigbauan, Iloilo.


Journey’s Farm:

A paradise in a backyard

Can you imagine a paradise in your own backyard? Even with a 1,200-square-meter lot, you can transform a small area into just like the Journey’s Farm.

Journey’s Farm in Iba, Zambales with variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees; a fishpond; native pigs and chickens; and, rabbits. Owned by Joey Alvior and his family, the farm is named after the couple’s fifth child—Journey

Walking the talk: the beginning of Journey’s Farm

Make it Rice

Rice is considered as a staple food in Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines. This makes farmers a vital part of society. They farm to provide food for the people. This includes Rosemarie Centina, also known as “Tita Mayeth”, a 61-year-old farmer who hails from Luisiana, Laguna.

Early beginnings

Tita Mayeth is the eldest in a brood of 10 and, as a child, her parents taught her how to farm. She and two of her siblings ventured into rice farming as it was through this that her youngest siblings were able to finish college.

DA to Promote Rice Varieties Preferred by Consumers

After attaining increased palay production during the 2019-2020 dry season and the current main season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now aiming to promote rice varieties preferred by consumers.

“We need to adapt to the changes brought about by the rice tariffication law, one of which is consumers’ preference for quality rice. This is now an integral part of the overall transformation of the country’s rice industry,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

There’s Money in Honey

Other than honey and sugary products, bees have something sweeter to offer.

Aside from being a lucrative source of income to farmers, beekeeping is now becoming a promising job for people who want to have a stable income.

Other countries have enlisted beekeeping as one of the most in-demand jobs today. Countries like Canada and Australia offer as high as $4,000 or close to P155,000 salary a month for workers in this industry. Filipinos are already part of the beekeeping industry and employment agencies have been constantly sending workers abroad since 2006.


ATI Today

Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.

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