AxR Training: To upsurge, strengthen seed growers in Mindanao

To further empower the Mindanao farmers who are gaining popularity on caliber hybrid rice seed producers, an On-Site Season Long Training (OSSLT) Courses on hybrid rice seed production and certification is pursued by the Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative (DOSEPCO) and PhilSCAT.

An opening ceremony was held last January 13, 2016 at the DOSEPCO conference hall in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental. Forty eight (48) farmer-participants registered for this four-month training course with only 17 half-day sessions until May 12, 2016.

Balbino A. Alingalan, chairman of DOSEPCO welcomed the guests and participants and encouraged all the participants to do their best and to actively complete the training to further widen their knowledge-skills and positively shaped their attitude in producing quality hybrid rice seeds.

Meanwhile, Dr. Carlos C. Abon, Jr., PhilSCAT Technology Product and Development Division (TPDD) chief gave an overview of the training course and explained its objectives.

According to Abon, the training course was designed to develop rice farmers, inbred rice seed growers and agricultural technicians’ knowledge, skills and attitudes into becoming effective hybrid rice seed producers and specialists in response to the government’s goal towards rice self-sufficiency.

“I am thankful with DOSEPCO for choosing Mestiso 38 and for extending its interest to venture into AxR seed production to sustain the availability of this seed variety in the market,” he added.

The opening ceremony was graced by Rosalinda Mediano, chief for field operations of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 11; Virgie Abonales, center chief, National Service Quality Control Services (NSQCS) Region 11; and Wennie Cantiga, seed inspector, LGU of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

Abonales said in her message, “Let us work with it, let us make this possible and let us exert our efforts to produce quality hybrid rice seeds to support our country’s vision –rice self-sufficiency.”

Likewise, Mediano reiterated that this kind of four-month training is one of a kind for it only consists of 17-day lecture sessions corresponding to the critical stages of hybrid rice seed production.

Technical experts from PhilSCAT led by Dr. Abon and staff from the Hybrid Rice Technology Unit (HRTU) will serve as lecturer/speakers of while NSQCS experts lead by Abonales will discuss the seed quality analysis, certification requirements and procedures.

This is the fourth OSSLT on AxR Seed production and certification co-implemented by PhilSCAT with different private and public rice industry sectors. PhilSCAT already affirmed a total of 71 potential rice seed growers in Palawan, Tarlac and Isabela through this training. RRCarbonel

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