Closing ceremonies of the Training of Trainers on Rice Integrated Crop Management (PalayCheck) for Sri Lankan stakeholders

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila attended the virtual closing ceremonies of the Training of Trainers (TOT) on Rice Integrated Crop Management (PalayCheck) for the thirty-two (32) Agriculture Extensions/Technicians/Researchers from the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka on 21 July 2022, organized by the Department of the Foreign Affairs – Technical Cooperation Council of the Philippines (DFA-TCCP) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

The training was conducted on a virtual platform and implemented by DA-PhilRice from 24th March 2022 to 21st July 2022.

PalayCheck is rice integrated crop management system being used by the Philippines Department of Agriculture as a platform to teach integrated crop management and to disseminate rice production technologies and best practices to farmers and extension intermediaries.

The TOT on Palay Check system is the third and final series of the technical and capacity building programs, which includes Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Responsive Budgeting and Tourism Services; and Hospitality Management, that have been organized by DFA-TCCP for the stakeholders in Sri Lanka based on the findings of their training needs assessment visit in the country in 2019. These technical and capacity building programs were initially put together by DFA-TCCP and Mrs. Thanuja Dissanayake, former Minister/Head of Chancery of the Embassy.

The DFA-TCCP Chair-Alternate Ms. Lilybeth Deapera, in her welcoming remarks, underscored the close coordination they had with the DA-PhilRice, Department of Agriculture Sri Lanka, Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) and the Embassy, for the successful implementation of the training programs. She was also expectant that the Sri Lankan stakeholders would have a successful implementation of the Palay Check system in the country. Further, she looks forward to a more collaborative engagement with the Sri Lankan participants in the future.

After the presentation of graduates for the TOT on PalayCheck system, Ms. Karen Barroga, Deputy Executive Director of DA-PhilRice, gave her message and steered the confirmation of graduates.

In her remarks, Ambassador Gunasekera highlighted that the training program on Palay Check system is a worthwhile platform for Sri Lanka to explore beneficial innovations in increasing the yield on rice cultivation and achieve long-term self-sufficiency in rice. She also congratulated all the Sri Lankan participants for successfully completing the training program. Further, she expressed appreciation to the DFA-TCCP, DA-PhilRice and Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) of the Department of Agriculture Sri Lanka, and the resource speakers and program officers, for the successful implementation of the training program in utilizing Philippines’ assistance to Sri Lanka more productively.

In support of the activity, Assistant Secretary Nathaniel G. Imperial of the DFA-Asian and Pacific Affairs, Assistant Director General of the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka Dr. Samantha Wasala, and Director of RRDI Dr. Jayantha Senanayake, also gave their messages.

Ms. Johann Veronica Andal, Director of DFA-Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mrs. P.G.P. Kaushalya, Second Secretary and Head of Chancery of the Embassy, and Ms. Lea Del Rosario Abaoag, Training Coordinator and Head of DA-PhilRice , also attended the event.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Manila
25th August 2022