Mon, 09/18/2023 - 08:33

In a pivotal event held at DA ATI-RTC XII, San Felipe, Tantangan, South Cotabato on September 11, 2023, the Training of Trainers on Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization (RCEF-TOT) reached its culmination. This program, funded by the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), aimed to equip trainers with cutting-edge insights and techniques to revolutionize rice production in the Philippines.

A consortium of experts graced the occasion, each sharing their profound knowledge. Mr. Henry Fritz Diaz from DepEd XII initiated the proceedings with a discourse on Transformational Leadership, emphasizing its role in shaping the future agricultural leaders. Mubarak M. H. Salic enlightened the participants about Rice Morphology, unraveling the intricacies of the plant's structure that significantly influence its growth and yield potential.

Ritzel Cerado of Feta Farm demystified the art of Fertilizer Computation and Key Check 5, showcasing how precise calculations could amplify productivity. Jen Cabaylo Jr. of OMAg Bagumbayan shared strategies encapsulated in KeyChecks 3 and 4, addressing common challenges faced in rice cultivation. Marites R. Gumbao of OPAG South Cotabato elucidated the balance between Integrated Pest Management and sustainable agriculture through KeyCheck 7, providing a holistic view of pest control and ecological balance.

Finally, Jayson V. Abang navigated the attendees through the complex terrain of the Philippine Rice Industry. His session spanned from the Palay Check System to the broader implications of RCEF, covering KeyChecks 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, and AESA. This comprehensive understanding armed the trainers with knowledge from field assessment to quality control, ensuring they return to their communities as beacons of agricultural excellence.

The RCEF-TOT 2023 not only celebrated the convergence of expertise but also highlighted the pivotal role of continuous learning and collaboration. As these trained trainers disperse into their respective regions, they carry the torch of agricultural enlightenment, paving the way for a more competitive, sustainable, and prosperous future for Philippine agriculture.