The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute launched a digital campaign to promote the technologies and services of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Rice Extension Services Programme. The campaign aims to disseminate modern rice farming knowledge to enhance rice farmers’ skills to increase their yield.
As part of the campaign, a weekly webisode is shown over RCEF Extension Programme FB page and YouTube channel featuring successful farmers, PhilRice experts, land preparation, seeding rate, and nutrient and pest management.
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