Issue of March 4, 2018
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Agriculture extension workers to undergo 5 months training
by DA release

BAUKO, Mountain Province – Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from four provinces in the Cordillera will undergo a five-month training on heirloom rice production and post-harvest technologies.

The AEWs will be trained under the Heirloom Rice Project (HRP), in which the pilot training was held on Feb. 20 to 23 through the Season Long Training on Trainers for AEWs on Heirloom Rice Production.

Twenty-five AEWs from the different municipalities of Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province will undergo the five-month training. They will also establish a participatory technology demonstration where they can apply the technologies taught them.

David Sumalag, project technical staff, said that the AEWs are expected to extend to Cordillera heirloom rice farmers the appropriate and improved heirloom rice production and post-harvest technologies.

He said these efforts will redound to farmers’ improved heirloom rice productivity and product quality that contributes in attaining the aim to increase income and sustain the heritage and food security in the rice terraces of the Cordillera.

The training aims for the participants to thoroughly understand the principles, systems, and components of the PalayCheck system. The system is an integrated crop management system for rice which provides recommendations on what to do and what to achieve based on best management practices for a particular agro-ecological condition.

The system also seeks to adopt recommendations at farm-level, taking into account the interactions among management practices and other factors affecting yield, grain quality, and environment towards an enhanced productivity, profitability, and environmental safety practices.

Dr. Virginia A. Tapat, project leader, said that it is more important to share these skills and knowledge to the farmers than merely providing the machinery.

The AEWs are also tasked to conduct Farmers Field School to disseminate the participants’ learnings to the farmers.

The HRP through Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)-led farmers’ field schools had documented the best management practices of Cordillera heirloom rice farmers.

The Heirloom Rice Project is headed by the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute and PhilRice.

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