DOSCST, ATI to conserve traditional rice varieties in Cateel

CITY OF MATI – The Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) through its Cateel Campus’ Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Office gained funding support from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) – Region XI to implement an extension project entitled, “Peria sa Kultura, Ampingan Ta: A Conservation and Management of Traditional Rice Varieties in Farming System of Cateel, Davao Oriental.”

ATI’s representatives Emilia M. Gadingan, TCS I; Richel E. Zamora, TSII; and Felson Jay V. Mahumot, DMO I personally handed the check amounting to PhP400,000.00 as funding support, and appeared before Dr. Edito B. Sumile in a ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) conducted at the College Board Room today, December 19, 2018.

“The project aims to conserve and manage high-value traditional rice varieties such as Peria, Dinorado, San Pablo, Remulites, among others”, said JR A. Mantog, Project Leader and RDE Coordinator of Cateel Campus. This is part of the college’s thrust to provide livelihood opportunities and ensure food security in its community stakeholders. Meanwhile, Dr. Edito B. Sumile, SUC President III commended the initiative of the campus in forging partnerships with external agencies, and suggested to expand the project using a multidisciplinary approach. “We can arrange a meeting with the Regional Director of ATI to discuss how we can expand the project”, Dr. Sumile furthered.

The project is an outgrowth of a Training-Workshop on Developing Winning Project Proposals conducted by ATI at the Star Hotel, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur last March 19, 2018.

By: Jhonnel P. Villegas

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