Assessing the effectiveness of Palay Check flipchart as a tool in promoting rice production technologies to farmers
Taguinod, A.C. | Limsuan, A.A. | Reyes, M.B. | Ilar, G.Y.
One way of educating farmers on rice production technologies is through the conduct of PalayCheck Field School (PFS). Since WS 2008, PhilRice has trained a core of rice specialists who underwent season-long training of PalayCheck and Palayamanan Systems. After their training, they were given a set of PalayCheck flipchart, which they will use in conducting PFS and other related trainings upon deployment or returning to work. The PalayCheck flipchart is an 18-paged chart, with 24 x 34 inches size in 8 oz, tarpaulin, binded with a pair of rivet-type aluminum bar, and with plastic trap for easy handling. It contains the summary information about the PalayCheck system including the eight key checks, its importance, assessments, and recommendations to achieve the Key Check. The study employed a structured questionnaire to gather information and data on what are the experiences of these rice specialists in training the farmers through the PFS and after their training. Personal interviews to their fellow extension workers and supervisors, and Focus Group Discussion to farmers were also conducted to validate data gathered. Results revealed that the flipchart is still found to be the most effective and efficient way in delivering and promoting the best rice production technologies especially to remote areas where LCD projectors and laptop computers cannot be used. It also helped them in convincing the farmers easier, and adds to their credibility as extension workers. Although some said it was not high-tech and a bit bulky and heavy, it was still rated very good because of its durability. Other important observations about this study are presented.Show more [+] Less [-]
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