PhilRice conducts Rice Advocacy Campaign
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Jerome Barradas of IRRI talks on the role of faculty and staff as extension intermediaries during the Rice Advocacy Campaign.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Bicol, in cooperation with College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Information and Communications Technology Office conducted the two-day activity on Rice Advocacy Campaign & Knowledge Sharing and Learning on March 14-15, 2016.

A series of knowledge and sharing activities and seminars were conducted to provide the faculty, staff and students with the latest information and technologies on rice, available ICT-based resources and tools on agriculture, and opportunities for partnerships in information and technology dissemination. Specifically, it aimed to give the participants broader perspective of the current and future challenges in agriculture being faced by the farmers and the need to do more in helping them.

The students attended the Orientation Seminar on AgriCOOLture and ICT Training: Rice Advocacy Campaign (Desktop System and Android Apps) on March 14, 2016 at the Alvaro Rabina Hall. On the other hand, the university faculty and non-teaching staff participated at the Rice Advocacy Orientation and ICT Training (Desktop System and Android Apps) on March 15, 2016 at the ICT e-Learning Center.

The two-day activity discussed topics on: “PalaYamaNayon: The Rural Transformation Movement”; Be Riceponsable; Careers and other Perks in Agriculture; “It’s AgriCOOLture: Rundown of ICT-based resources/tools in agriculture; Rice Teknoklinik (Lectures and Hands-on); Energizing Agri Extension in the Philippines; and Role of Academe Faculty and Staff as Extension Intermediaries. The discussions were facilitated by the PhilRice Science Research Specialists, Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) V and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Staff.

The Knowledge and Sharing Learning activity was one of the highlights during the 98th Foundation Anniversary and Launching of CBSUA Centennial 2018 Celebration with the theme“Celebrate the Farmer, Celebrate Life.”