Over 38,000 farmers and dependents undergo rice technology training in 2021

(FILE PHOTO) Isidro Lapeña, head of TESDA. APPLICANT FILE PHOTO / JOAN BONDOC

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 38,517 farmers and their dependents across the country underwent various training programs under the Rice Extension Service Program (RESP) last year, the Authority said on Monday. Technical Education and Skills Development (Tesda).

As part of the RESP cluster, Tesda offers training in rice production, modern rice cultivation techniques, seed production, agricultural mechanization and transfer of knowledge or technology through agricultural schools throughout the country. .

The training program gave fellows a P160 per diem, free training and assessment, including entrepreneurship training and insurance.

The agency plans to include two additional qualifications as part of the RESP this year: the Digital Farming Course and Pest and Nutrient Management.

For 2022, Tesda plans to open more than 50,000 RESP scholarships.

Tesda secretary Isidro Lapeña said the agency is continuously pursuing agricultural projects throughout the country.

“Tesda actively pursues agricultural programs nationwide. Food self-sufficiency does not only concern agricultural areas and rice-growing regions of the country. This is a source of concern for all neighborhoods, including urbanized cities,” he said in a statement.

“We will continue to work with other government agencies and the private sector to continue providing training and employment opportunities to our rice farmers,” Lapeña added.

In September 2019, the Secretary of Tesda Lapeña signed a circular outlining guidelines for implementing RESP initiatives to be carried out by the agency, pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 or the liberalization of rice.

Section 13 of RA 11203 establishes the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) or Rice Fund, which requires the national government to allocate an annual budget of 10 billion pesos to relevant departments, including TESDA, over the next six years to help increase the competitive advantage, productivity, and incomes of Filipino rice farmers as a result of the liberalization of the Philippine rice trade. Jericho Zafra, INQUIRER.net intern

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