The Rice Competitiveness Extension Fund-Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP) had reached hundreds of thousands of rice farmers and stakeholders through training and communication services since the Rice Tariffication Law was signed in 2019.
AURORA PROVINCE -- The School-on-the Air on Smart Rice Agriculture (SOA-SRA) regional technical working group (RTWG) composed of Agricultural Training Institute-Central Luzon (ATI-CL), Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office III, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Aurora State College of Technology, and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Aurora convened on February 4, 2021 through an online meeting for the implementation of the program.
NORALA, SOUTH COTABATO – ATI-Regional Training Center XII headed by Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an attended an RCEF-FFS Harvest Festival organized by B.E.S.T. College of Polomolok, Inc., one of ATI RTC XII’s accredited Learning Site for Agriculture and TESDA's accredited Farm School.
Held last January 9, 2021 at Brgy. Puti, Norala, South Cotabato, the event featured the 50 farmer graduates of Farmers' Field School under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Gracing the event were TESDA representative Joel Aldea and Edmund Amigo from Local Government Unit of Norala.
LIPA CITY, BATANGAS -- Agriculture Secretary William Dar visited recently one of the community beneficiaries of the “Stables and Greens: Agri-Livestock Integrated Support to COVID-19- Prone Areas” (ALIS-COVID), a collaborative project of the Agricultural Training Institute -International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ATI-ITCPH), East-West Seed, and the Local Government of Lipa City, Batangas. This project was launched in 2020 in support of the ‘Plant, Plant, Plant’ program of the Department of Agriculture.
SAN ANTONIO, Quezon – In support to the Department of Agriculture's ‘One DA’ holistic approach,” the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) CALABARZON in partnership with accredited regional Extension Service Provider (ESP), MoCa Family Farm RLearning Center conducted the first batch of “Training on Drip Irrigation for Improved Crop Production” on February 1 to 5, 2021. The training is one of the Institute's strategies to attain Bayanihan Agri Clusters or Farm Clustering strategy in the region.
QUEZON CITY -- A former two-term Marikina councilor and newbie to the agricultural industry is on a mission to eradicate ‘gawat’ - the Ilocano word for ‘scarcity’ - one farm at a time through Our Farm Republic (OFR). OFR is an integrated, diversified, organic farm in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, which promotes modern techniques and best practices among rice farmers through the support of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
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.