PhilSCAT affirms another 47 potential seed growers in Mindanao

The Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) affirmed another group of potential seed growers in Mindanao through its On-Site Season-long Training (OSSLT) Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification during the closing and graduation ceremony held on May 13, 2016 in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

The 47 graduates from the said training was composed of 36 seed growers from of the Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative (DOSEPCO) which recently signified interest to undergo a Memorandum of Agreement with PhilSCAT in producing and commercializing NSIC Rc262H or Mestiso 38, one (1) participant form the Local Government Unit of Banaybanay and 10 from the Provincial Agriculture Office of Davao Oriental (PAGRI).

Balbino A. Alingalan, DOSEPCO chairman; Cheng Liangji, PhilSCAT co-director; Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, PhilSCAT assistant director; Ester M. Solamo, Banaybanay municipal agriculture officer; Rotchie M. Ravelo, Davao Oriental provincial agriculturist; Eufemia C. Laud, center chief of BPI-NSQCS 11; and Agapito Regulacion, regional seed coordinator led the graduation rites.

During the closing ceremony, Ester Solamo, announced and even congratulated the farmers and seed growers of Banaybanay for gaining an average yield of 6.8 tons per hectare production of palay in 2015 making the municipality won the Agri Rice Achievers Award for the second time around since 2014.

Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, assistant director of PhilSCAT said, the training course was designed intentionally to bring the technology closer to their respective localities so it would not be difficult for the participants to attend and complete the training course.

Moreover, Rotchie M. Ravelo, provincial agriculturist of Davao Oriental, expressed his deep appreciation to PhilSCAT in conducting and providing necessary training support throughout its 17-day sessions.

“I am very happy that DOSEPCO takes the leadership to partner with PhilSCAT in AxR seed production; this effort are not just for Davao Oriental but to the whole country as a whole,” Ravelo said.

According to Ravelo, the food sufficiency of Davao Oriental was just as low as 43% in 2007, but as hybrid rice was introduced and farmers began to venture into hybrid rice seed production, the percentage doubled up to 67-70% in 2015.

One of the highlights of the program was the awarding of certificate of completions and special awards to the graduates of the said training. Romeo Rubi was awarded as the ‘Most Active Trainee’ while Antonio Colmenares was awarded as the ’Most Improved Trainee’ garnering a 56% increment during the post-test evaluation.

“In behalf of the graduates, we are deeply thankful for the knowledge that we gained and we hope that this knowledge will eventually help us to boost our production and increase our yield,” Colmenares said.

Meanwhile, Liangji stated in his closing remarks that the main objective of the training course was to speed up
the promotion of the Mestiso 38 and extend the adaptation of advance technologies of the Center. He also advised the graduates to strengthen their quality awareness and ensure the purity of seed production at all cost to pass the standard set by the NSQCS.

At present, PhilSCAT has produced a total of 103 potential seed growers from Talavera (26), Palawan (11), Isabela (19) and Davao Oriental (47) from its OSSLT Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification and plans to extend the technology more to interested groups in the public and private sector in the country who is willing to fund and support the said program. PPBernal

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