Friday, July 10, 2015

Philippines: Joint seminar held to boost dissemination of agricultural information and technology

The Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) held an event promoting the dissemination of technology in the agricultural sector.

Knowledge Sharing and Learning aims to build partnerships with farmers, extensionists, the academe, government and non-government organizations, and other stakeholders in order to ensure timely and effective information and technology dissemination.

The event also demonstrated ICT-based resources for rice farming during the Rice TechnoKlinik, a part of the three-day event.
Rice TechnoKlinik highlighted the three agencies’ free digital-based services: IRRI’s Rice Knowledge Bank, DA-ATI’s E-Extension, and PhilRice’s Minus One Element Technique App, Farmers Text Center, and Rice Crop Manager.

PhilRice and DA-ATI also presented some challenges facing the Philippine agricultural sector. Among these are the aging farmers, declining number of extension workers, growing population, and natural calamities such as droughts and floods.

The event was hosted by PhilRice at PhilRice Agusan del Norte; San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; and Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, respectively, on 1-3 July.

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