Originally Posted: https://ati.da.gov.ph/ati-3/news/10062021-1125/ati-cl-rcef-promote-opportunities-future-inbred-rice-seed-growers?fbclid=IwAR1Oiflk9mne2BWSIp84Nu_J2XQoPTEPJ3LclP3Ker5xC1wo_5JCmBANZko

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/2021 – 4:52pm

The Agricultural Training Institute-Central Luzon (ATI-CL) implemented its 5-day Training Course on Inbred Rice Seed Production for Prospective Inbred Rice Seed Growers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) on August 23-27 2021 at St. Isidore ‘The FARMer’ Training and Learning Center Inc., Brgy. San Isidro, Sta. Ana, Pampanga.

With its aim to increase the number of inbred rice seed growers in Bataan and Pampanga, the training used five (5) modules: Rice Tariffication and Liberalization, Rice Seed Industry and Program in the Region, Seed Certification Processes, Rice Seed Production Technology, and Basic Business Management.

Mr. Christian Ramos, Regional Seed Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO III), discussed the Rice Seed Industry and Program in the Region to familiarize the participants the processes and opportunities of becoming a seed grower by participating in the department’s programs.

Ms. Ma. Jesusa Stephanie Calderon, Senior Agriculturist of the Bureau of Plant Industry – National Seed Quality Control Services (BPI-NSQCS) Region 3, explained the seed certification and accreditation process during the fourth day of the training.

Also, a representative of Pampanga Seed Growers Cooperative, Mr. Jett Yver Yamzon, shared their cooperative’s experiences and gave some pieces of advice on rice seed production and marketing for the future inbred rice seed growers.

The ATI-CL RCEF team headed by Ms. Reinalyn C. Gulen, Agriculturist II, Mr. Jayson S. Baldoz, Project Officer/Technical Staff, and Ms. Mary Joyce Rivero, Technical Staff, delivered the rest of the modules.

Moreover, an actual field practicum on roguing was also done to familiarize the participants on the proper identification and removal of off-types on their seed production.

“Para sa akin, tumaas yung pag-asa doon sa pangako ng farming na tinitignan ko dati dahil sa mga opportunity na nag-aarise sa natutunan natin dito sa training. Nagsilbi itong step para maging enterpreneur tayo sa larangan ng farming,” said Mr. Ace Allen Gabriel, a participant, during the graduation ceremony.

“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil sa ganitong mga pa-training para ma-update tayong mga farmer. Sabi nga, in able to grow, dapat you don’t stop learning because life never stops teaching us,” shared Ms. Joanne Magcalas, another participant from Arayat, Pampanga.

Ms. Lyn David, another participant, also added, “Naniniwala ako na hindi porke’t magsasaka ka ay hanggang doon ka nalang, dapat continuous ang learning para mas umangat yung pamumuhay natin. Dahil sa mga oportunidad na nalaman natin sa training na ito, mas marami tayong matutulungang magsasaka at manggagawa.”

A total of fifteen (15) farmer leaders from the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga participated on the said training. Despite the current pandemic that the world is now facing, the training was pushed through following the health and safety protocol to minimize and avoid the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health of the clients. (JSBaldoz)