Empowering farmers: Training in Rice-Based Integrated Farming Systems ignites innovation

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 13:23

In a bid to revolutionize agricultural practices and bolster income opportunities for farmers, a training session on rice-based integrated farming systems was recently conducted at the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 02, Malasin, San Mateo, Isabela on February 27-29, 2024 attended by 31 Farm and Fisheries Cluster Leaders and members from different municipalities in the region.

Led by esteemed experts in the field, the program aimed to equip participants with the requisite knowledge and skills to implement innovative farming techniques within their communities. The training session served as a platform for farmers to gain insights into efficient farming practices, paving the way for enhanced productivity and sustainability. By embracing the principles of rice-based integrated farming systems, participants are poised to diversify their income streams and optimize land utilization, thereby bolstering their economic resilience.

Throughout the training sessions, participants engaged in lectures and discussions covering various topics including Overview of PalayCheck System, concepts, and principles of rice-based integrated farming systems, as well as the benefits of integrating rice farming with other agricultural activities such as rice duck farming, free-range chicken, ruminant production, and good agricultural practices for vegetable production. The overarching goal of the training was to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills in rice production updates and the implementation of rice-based integrated farming systems. As a result, they are expected to establish these systems within their respective clusters.

Mr. Reymel B. Linda, a participant hailing from Gamu, Isabela, lauded the training for its transformative impact on his farming endeavors.  Reflecting on his experience, Mr. Linda emphasized the invaluable lesson that significant land holdings are not a prerequisite for generating additional income. Instead, he underscored the importance of organization and strategic utilization of farm resources to maximize profitability. “I learned a lot of things that can improve my farm. I learned that a big area or space is not needed for you to earn extra income. We must be organized and maximize our farm for other source of income.” he said.

As participants return to their respective communities armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration, the ripple effects of this training are expected to catalyze agricultural innovation and empower farmers to chart a path towards prosperity. Through continuous learning and collaboration, the agricultural landscape in Gamu, Isabela, is primed for transformation, with farmers at the helm of this journey towards sustainable development and economic empowerment.