Seed growers undergo refresher course on seed production, certification

AT least 35 seed growers in Region 12 have undertaken a three-day refresher course on seed production and seed certification.

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture 12 led the training which was held in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said “this training course aims to refresh the knowledge of different seed growers in seed production at the same time prepare them for seed certification.”

Dir. Datukan underlined the significant role of the seed growers in advancing agricultural productivity especially for rice production.

“This training is one of the operational ways for us to help the government in achieving its Food Self-sufficiency Program (FSSP) particularly becoming rice self-sufficient in the succeeding years,” she added.

According to Mr. Tomas Muyco, Regional Seed Program Coordinator, there were six seed grower-cooperatives that have attended the refresher course which included Lambayong Grains Seed Producers Multi-purpose Cooperative of Lambayong, SK; Palay Check Seed Growers of M’lang, North Cotabato; Carmen Agricultural Resources Development-Producers’ Cooperative (CARD-PC) of Carmen, N. Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat State University Seednet of Tacurong City, SK; Cotabato Agricultural Allied Services Cooperative of Midsayap, N. Cotabato and individual seed growers from Malandag and Malungon towns of Sarangani.

Mr. Muyco explained that the refresher course on seed production and seed certification is a pre-requisite before these seed grower-cooperatives are given with certificate of accreditation.

Resource person of the training was Ms. Leonora Delicano, National Seed Quality Control Services (NSQCS 12) chief under the Bureau of Plant Industry who discussed the mechanics, policies and guidelines as well as the requirements for seed certification.

The participants also underwent reviews on the eight keys of Palaycheck as well as seed sampling and seed sample preparation.

BPI-NSQCS is mandated to safeguard quality assurance and control services for seed and planting material production, processing, storage and distribution, seed research and seed training in seed quality control towards sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.

Moreover, NSQCS is also tasked to implement plans and programs on seed quality assurance and control services to assure availability of high quality seeds and improved planting materials in the country.

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