DA trains farmers on machinery handling PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:54

By INELIN R. CABEGUIN

 

Some 50 members from different Farmer Associations (FAs) in Zamboanga Peninsula came to attend the recent  Technical Briefing on Handling Farm Machinery and Postharvest Facilities conducted by the Department of Agriculture through the Agri- Pinoy Rice Banner Program at Casa Emsa, Tiguma, Pagadian City.

“This is a very timely activity as we need to sustain our Farm Mechanization Program. One way to extend the life of our  machines is to have a deeper knowledge on how to maintain them.   As our farm technology is advancing, we need to upgrade our knowledge in handling these tools,” Zamboanga del Sur Agricultural Program Coordinator, Mr. Carlito A. Larubis said.

“The Farm Mechanization Program is necessary in attaining our mission to reduce poverty, generate jobs, increase farmers’ income and produce sufficient, accessible and affordable rice for all,” added Mr. Maximino de Jose, District 1 Rice Banner Coordinator.

Engr. Brandon M. Mentolaroc, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) Science Research Analyst (SRA) presented the technical requirements of operating and maintaining selected agricultural machines for rice, and determine  basic operational requirements and scheme in the operation of agricultural machinery for rice as service providers.

The participants were also trained on determining the basic technical and financial requirements of operating selected agricultural machinery for rice as service provider on land preparation, planting, harvesting, drying and milling.

Mr. Tilo Abanil, President of Upper Tiparak Farmer Service Provider was grateful in attending the said activity and said, “this training is very helpful to all of us because we are trained not only to properly handle our machines but also to handle our finances. We hope to acquire and operate additional agricultural machinery to sustain our FAs.” — Inelin R. Cabeguin/ DA-9