334 farmers complete palay-check technology course
by L. Lopez
Pasil, Kalinga (26 June) -- 334 rice farmers receive their certificates in simple ceremonies here, after completing the extension class of the Department of Agriculture's (DA) palay-check technology, equipping them with improved rice production techniques.
Program in-charge Denecia Luces of the Provincial Agriculturist Office said farmers who enrolled in the course were assigned respective demo-farms where they applied the technology involving actual rice farming.
The farmers were grouped according to their field demo-farms in Calaccad, Tabuk; Pinukpuk; Tanudan and this municipality.
As class module, enrollees were given in-door lectures on the seven management areas of palay check technology before the actual application on their assigned demo-farm.
DA launched the program in rice producing areas in the country, patterned after a farming system that has been tested in Australia.
To assure maximum yield, the seven management areas should be observed on seed quality, land preparation, crop establishment, nutrient management, water, pest management and harvest management.
Luces explained good harvest starts by using the right quality of seeds, where DA is up on its certified seeds subsidy program for inbred and hybrid rice.
Managing only a particular area of the 7 would not give the maximum desired target in harvest, Luces stressed.
In the palay-check system, each management area is closely linked with the rest, formulating a wholesome farming approach that ultimately would bring higher production rate.
The technology motivates farmers to be on watch with their farming system throughout the cropping season from planting to harvest time.
It has been observed in the past that farmers "lay their hands down" after the first three of the seven management points, thinking that the system is enough, Luces said.
This is part of the farming culture DA wants to improve among farmers, now brought to them under the extension services, Luces said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]