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Thirty (30) aspiring seed growers finished a “Basic and Refresher Training Course on Inbred Rice Seed Production and Certification for Seed Growers of CAR” last March 18-23, 2018 at Masisit-Dacal Livelihood Cooperative Resort, Masisit, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. The farmers came from Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, and Ifugao.

The training course was undertaken by the DA-CAR in partnership with the Bureau of Plant and Industry- National Seed Quality Control Service (BPI-NSQCS)-CAR, Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera (ATI-CAR) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

In support to the DA’s priority agenda under the Durterte Administration of intensive technology updating and sharing; and modernization and mechanization program, the goal of the activity is to strengthen the farmers to produce quality seeds in attaining rice self-sufficiency in the country.

During her message, Digna Villanueva, Agriculture Provincial Coordinating Officer (APCO)-Apayao, encouraged the participants to help increase farmers’ income in terms of producing high quality seeds.

In producing high quality seeds, Fidel M. Ramos, Farm Superintendent of PhilRice-Isabela discussed that it is important to learn cultural management, basic water management, nutrient management, crop protection and advanced technology.

Florencio P. Agustin, Municipal Agriculturist- Luna Apayao also said that agriculture is a business. Employment of learned technologies in the respective seed production area is the key to making your business sustainable, Agustin added.

According to Marcelo Menor, a graduate of the refresher course said that the activity was an update of the new technologies as well as new varieties to strengthen seed production.

Status of Rice Seed Industry in CAR, Rice Program Seed Component Projects and Bufferstocking Guidelines by Jennifer M. Cudal of DA-CAR Rice Program; Bagging, Piling, Seed Sampling and Tagging by Richard B. Ramos, Seed Inspector of Luna Apayao; and Role of Seed Inspector, Field Inspection Techniques and Roguing by Rosalina G. Gapasin, Provincial Seed Coordinator- Kalinga, and among others.//Herman Danis