The STMF project was to upscale the component-wise STBF to a model farm approach through rice and rice-based approaches that aim to maximize the space, time and resources found in the area. This site successfully executed the STBF project for 2 years. With regards to the community involvement in the project, the pre-identified production cluster in Tarlac will require 20-25 hectares of adjacent rice areas which involve 30-35 cooperative members with committed rice areas ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 ha each.
The farmers are willing to commit time and resources to hone the rice production through the STMF on Rice and Rice—based approaches specialized FBT training. The training will also capacitate FBs and the organization on quality rice seed production, mushroom production, value adding, capital-build up and other project interventions. Mr. Reganit with the assistance of LGU Supervising ATs and PhilRice technical staff will serve as resource persons and facilitator during the training and technology updating. Non-participating farmers attending the Seasonal Technology Field Days, technology briefing and observers of the STMFarms, will be regarded as Potential Farmer Adapters (PFAs) and recipients of an LGU-led expansion during or after the project completion. The project aspired to create an additional 50 seasonal jobs in the community particularly during transplanting and during harvest seasons.