Maximizing impact of agricultural innovation systems on rice production
Salac, R. L. S.,Philippine Rice Research Inst., Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija (Philippines) | Francisco, R. H. | Garcia, L. L. | Cruz, J. G. | Hosain, M. | Redoña, E. D.
A major bottleneck in realizing the impact on agricultural innovation systems on rice production lies in the validation, adaptation, and diffusion of rice technologies. Extension workers build the enabling linkage between rice researchers and farmers by bringing valuable feedback and information. A policy dialogue with rice stakeholders confirmed that efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural research and development would be enhanced by strengthening the research-extension-development linkage, particularly in the country's 12 major low-yielding rice provinces. Specifically, with the devolution of agricultural extension, extension workers at the provincial and municipal levels shall have to be motivated to support the national rice program and respond to local rice production constraints. In addition, they shall be empowered with technical skills on formulation and implementation of viable local rice program plans. Rice researchers and extension workers should focus on simple, participatory, yet doable problem-specific interventions. The rice seed can be used as the core technology promotion tool to support dissemination of other location-specific technologies. Seed growers and progressive farmers in rice-growing municipalities can be tapped as on-site technology demonstrators for easy and effective technology transfer at the field level.Show more [+] Less [-]
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