Saturday, July 11, 2015

Batac farmers embrace rural transformation movement

Staff reporter

Batac City—Farmers here has expressed commitment to support the Rural Transformation Movement (RTM), a continuing advocacy program of the Philippine Rice Research Institute to help farmers hit their target and achieve P1 million gross income per hectare per year.

Showing farmers this goal is very possible, farmers at Brgy. Nagbacalan, this city reorganized themselves into a strong group as PhilRice representatives visited seven sitios here to conduct briefings about the RTM.

Using new rice farming technologies while teaching farmers how to come up with value-adding agricultural products to increase their income, local farmers here welcomed this new development saying they keep an open mind to learn new things.

With the support of PhilRice and the different line agencies of the national government, a 5-day  training dubbed as “Growing Agri-prenuer” was recently attended by Nagbacalan farmers at the PhilRice Central Experiment Station in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija to learn more agriculture practices where they can also apply back home.

PhilRice RTM was launched in Batac City in December 2014, identifying Nagbacalan as one of the pilot areas in Northwest Luzon.

This new movement continues to inspire and empower more farmers to take a new look at farming, inviting successful farmers to share their trade secrets what it takes to make it big in farming.

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