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DA-ATI 6 launches SOA climate-smart rice techno season 3

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) led the launching of the third season of the Unified School on the Air-Smart Rice Agriculture (SOA-SRA) in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo on March 14.

The SOA-SRA is a continuing radio-based distance learning approach that seeks to broaden the knowledge and adoption of farmers and local intermediaries on climate-smart rice production technologies anchored on the PalayCheck System, a previous report from the DA noted.

Western Visayas SOA-SRA Project Officer Nicolasita G. Gallego explained that the PalayCheck System is a management system in palay production aiming to equip the listeners with farming techniques particularly in terms of pests and diseases management, paving way to let them eventually change their farming behavior to be efficient in using various chemicals.

Unlike the conventional farming, Gallego cited that the PalayCheck will provide the farmers with the right knowledge in fertilizer usage with Integrated Nutrient Management consisting of the correct time, amount, and kind of fertilizer to be utilized in their respective farms, included in this year’s module.

With this, various partner agencies on their respective brief messages during the

Provincial coordinators and other program stakeholders join the third season launching of the SOA-SRA in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo on March 14.

launching program, signified their support in creating awareness and imparting knowledge on smart-rice technologies among the target participants.

A commitment signing was likewise done to mark the launching of the said program in its third year.

Gallego said the SOA-SRA is currently focused to augment the farmers with rice production below three metric tons or those with no more than four metric tons per hectare average yield.

The target enrollees for the SOA-SRA third season have reached to 2,500, which are distributed among the provinces in Western Visayas, of whom 700 participants each are  from Capiz and Negros Occidental, 1,000 from Iloilo, and 150 from Guimaras.

However, Gallego emphasized that the given number was only those of the officially-enrolled under the program but the implementers target to maximize the listeners reach as this will be aired among various local radio stations and streamed through different social media platforms.

“We need to embrace the new farming systems with the changes in agriculture landscape, particularly now through mechanization, and open-up for the adoption of new technologies as a means to address the impact of climate change in agricultural productivity,” said Gallego. (JBG/AGP/PIA 6)

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