Cagayan Valley AEWs Empowered to lead change in Rice Production

Tue, 06/11/2024 - 09:09

San Mateo, Isabela – The training program on the PalayCheck System conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02), equipped 26 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) across Cagayan Valley region with the knowledge and skills to lead farmers towards higher rice yields on May 27-31, 2024.

The training provided a comprehensive overview of the PalayCheck System, a proven approach to optimizing rice yields and minimizing losses.  Participants engaged in interactive lectures, discussions, and group activities, covering a wide range of topics, including rice plant morphology, growth stages, pest and disease management, and the latest rice technologies.


"This training has been a game-changer for me," said Novie A. Sarmiento, an AEW from LGU-San Mateo, Isabela. "I now have a deeper understanding of the PalayCheck System and its Key Checks, which will allow me to provide more effective guidance to farmers in my area."


Benita N. Dontungan, an AEW from LGU-Ramon, Isabela, echoed Sarmiento's insights, stating, "the training was very timely and relevant, and I am eager to share what I've learned with other farmers. I believe that by implementing the PalayCheck System, we can significantly improve rice production in our region."


The training's primary objective was to empower AEWs to effectively conduct and facilitate Farmers’ Field Schools, providing hands-on training and guidance to farmers in their communities.  They are now equipped to deliver other extension services, sharing their knowledge and expertise to help farmers adopt best practices and maximize their rice yields.