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CISC holds trainings on rice farming technology

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by Francisca O. Tan

The Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf completed the six batches of training on rice farming technology. The series of training was conducted from May to July 2018. The training is part of the rice farming technology and demonstration farm component of the research project entitled “Special Assistance for Project Sustainability for the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (SAPS-HCAAP)”. This component, which is headed by Mr. Danilo J. Lalican, retired university researcher at the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), is one of the three components of the project.

The other two components are the socio-economic survey led by CISC Director Blanquita R. Pantoja and the assistance to the provincial government of Northern Samar led by Dr. Jaime F. Sanico, professor at the University of Eastern Philippines. The research project is based at the CISC with Dir. Pantoja as project leader.

The training course supports the goal of the SAPS-HCAAP, which is to increase rice productivity in target areas, particularly the Municipalities of Catubig and Las Navas in Northern Samar, through the adoption of appropriate training technologies. It was designed to improve the performance of rice farmers in their farming operations so that they can improve their crop productivity and increase their income. It covered 11 modules, namely: 1) Farm Business Plan; 2) Characteristics and Determinants of Rice Based Farming System;  3) Land Preparation; 4) Seed and Variety Selection); 5) Crop Stand Establishment; 6) Water Management; 7) Integrated Nutrient Management; 8) Integrated Pest and Weed Management; 9) Harvesting and Post-Harvest Handling; 10) Seed Production, Purification, and Management; and 11) Legacy Leadership, Organizational Development, Irrigators’ Association (IA) Leadership, Human Relationship, and Pagka-Magsasaka. 

The 11 modules were divided into six batches of training with three days allotted for each batch. Due to time constraints of the trainees and the resource persons, participants from 12 Irrigators’ Associations (IA) in Catubig and Las Navas were divided into five clusters based on their accessibility and nearness to the training venues. Each cluster was composed of two or three associations. The first day of each batch of training was allotted to cluster 1; the second day for clusters 2 and 3, and the third day for clusters 3 and 4. The second and third days were conducted simultaneously. Hence, there were two groups of resource persons from UPLB and UEP: Associate Prof. Rolando T. Bello and Mr. Lalican (UPLB), and Mr. Deony S. Marion and Mr. Angelito I. Llano (UEP) for group 1; and Dr. Sanico (UEP) and Mr. Rene L. Limosinero (UPLB) for group 2.  

A total of 146 IA members attended the training of which 19 were cooperators for the establishment of the technology demonstration farm. Other attendees were staff (4) of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) and agricultural technicians of Las Navas Municipal Agriculture Office. They received a certificate of completion or attendance during the graduation ceremony held on July 25, 2018 at the NIA Catubig Field Office in Catubig, Northern Samar.  

The research project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. It started in June 2017 and will end on March 2019.

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