Gov’t conducts training for trainers on high-quality seeds
The Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), has conducted an island-wide training of trainers from DA regional offices and selected provinces on the production and exchange of high-quality inbred rice seeds.
PhilRice’s acting deputy executive director for development Karen Eloisa T. Barroga said this training is part of the new DA project called Farmers’ Production and Exchange of High-Quality Inbred Rice Seeds (SEEDEX).
PhilRice and BPI are particularly leading the capability enhancement activities in coordination with the Agricultural Training Institute.
The SEEDEX project aims to strengthen use of quality seeds of appropriate inbred varieties in the various rice-producing provinces of all 16 regions, but with relatively less emphasis in those prioritized for hybrid rice production.
“The training goal is to enhance the capacity of regional training teams to train rice farmers on how to produce their own quality inbred rice seeds and help them understand and appreciate the advantages of using such,” said PhilRice Rice Seed System Program Leader Dr. Glenn Y. Ilar.
A total of 93 participants composed of regional and provincial seed coordinators, seed inspectors, rice information officers, rice focal persons, and agricultural program coordinating officers attended the said training.
Hands-on activities at the field, facilitated discussions on seed production, and mindsetting and planning activities for SEEDEX were covered in the training program. The participants were also expected to develop their regional workplans for a modified season-long training for rice farmers.