Tuesday, February 10, 2009
By Business Mirror
Specialist Officers Get Trained on Crop Yield
San Mateo, Isabela—A five-month rice specialist officers’ training course for Palay Check and Palamayanan system is design to enhance knowledge of participants on the latest farming trends.
Dr. Manuel Gaspar, Philrice-San Mateo branch manager, said the activity, attended by at least 30 rice specialists, is the first such training in the country.
The course aims to provide information and enhance the knowledge of trainees on the latest trends in integrated crop-management system to improve productivity, profitability and environment safety.
The Philippine Rice Research Institute has been working to develop the country’s Palay Check, a way of learning by canvassing the best farming practices, Gaspar added.
Palamayanan refers to an integrated farming system for rice and vegetable components, as well as fish and livestock.
Palay Check, on the other hand, refers to a checklist of eight key items a farmer should do before, during and after planting to assure a high yield for rice crops.
The goal, according to Gaspar, is to raise the palay yield by four cavans per hectare “to attain rice self-sufficiency in the Philippines.”
Asked what the implication of the training is to the economy of San Mateo, Gaspar said, “It is good that they will see the ecological destination in Cagayan Valley and our practices in agriculture.”
He said the P4-million-worth training course will eventually redound to the benefit of the town as the money is being spent here.
Participants are required to spend 70 percent of their time in field practicum here.
Gaspar said participants came from the Philrice branches across the country and the trainers from the PhilRice central office, University of the Philippines, Department of Agriculture-Regional Office No. 2 and state colleges and universities.
After the training, participants will be assigned to 48 low-yielding provinces in the country to apply what they have learned, Gaspar added.
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