LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY (PIA) – At least 28 farmers in this city have succesfully completed the fourteen-day school-on-air training program on the production of high quality in-bred rice and seeds, and farm mechanization techniques.
City Agriculture Officer Shiela Naz said the school-on-air training scheme is part of the government's Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program under the Rice Tariffication Law aimed at making the farmers more competitive and adaptive to modern farming technologies.
The school-on-air program, led by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), is an alternative platform to ensure continuity of training programs for farmers amid the pandemic.
“Through this media-based program, even the learning processes had minimized the risk of farmers' exposure to mass gatherings and served as an alternative to face-to-face engagements that prevented the spread of virus in the community,” Naz said.
Vice-Mayor Bobby Cristobal, in his message during the graduation ceremony, expressed his gratitude to the farmers for joining the training program that equipped them with additional knowledge on the proper way of palay planting and the use of farm mechanization techniques.
Cristobal further urged the farmers to continue planting to increase their daily income and uplift their living conditions.
Merian Daen, vice president of Rural Improvement Club in barangay Bagong Abre, said she is grateful in joining the school-on-air training program as she is now equipped on farm modernization techniques.
Aside from the training, the graduates also received farm tools and equipment from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help them in their daily farming activities. (SAA/PIA5-Albay/EAS)