The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is asking for students to become infomediaries as a way to help upland farmers gain access to information on rice farming.
PhilRice researcher Jaime A. Manalo IV said the mobilization of the youth to search information, online and offline, would be a big help for upland farmers to acquire new technologies on farming.
“We believe that the high school students can be tapped as facilitators of knowledge sharing, he said, adding that the school should serve as the nucleus of agricultural extension as this is a point of convergence for the farmers’ children.
He said the strategy would also help ease the burden of agricultural technicians to individually visit the upland rice farmers and help reduce cost in extension work.
Manalo also said the youth-as-infomediaries strategy sits well with the PhilRice Farmers’ Text Center (PFTC), a texting facility that answers all queries on rice farming and has 30,000 registered users.