/ 8 April 2021

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority said at least 25,904 rice farmers and their dependents completed various training in its Rice Extension Services Program.

The rice farmers and their dependents were trained on the production of high-quality inbred rice and seed certification, farm mechanization, rice machinery operations, drying and milling plant servicing, how to service motorcycle and small engine system and solar powered irrigation system operation and maintenance.

Some graduates also received training on carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, welding and masonry.

TESDA’s RESP aims to “teach skills on rice crop production, modern rice farming techniques, seed production, farm mechanization, and knowledge/technology transfer through farm schools nationwide.”

Under the program, scholars will receive a P160 daily allowance and free training and assessment, including entrepreneurship training and insurance.

TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña urged farmers and their dependents to avail of programs under RESP.

“Patuloy tayong magtulungan sa mga susunod pang taon, para sa pag-unlad ng ating agrikultura, lalong-lalo na sa pag-unlad ng ating mga kababayang magsasaka,” he said.