Villar backs up extensive mechanization
(by Jessica Marie Laturnas  3/8/2018)

“It is through mechanization and the use of modern farm technologies that farmers can lower their operation cost, lessen postharvest losses, improve quality, increase their profit and overall to boost rice production,” said Senator Cynthia A. Villar during her visit last February 23 at PHilMech.

Villar’s visit was the highlight of the graduation of 24 trainees of the Specialized Training course on the Mechanization of Rice Crop Establishment, a PHilMech-ATI jointly sponsored activity held for one week at PHilMech compound.

She recognized the importance of the specialized training course and lauded the actual operation of transplanters by women trainees.

“Training of farmers will strengthen their technical capability on land preparation, seedling preparation, mechanical transplanting and will benefit them in the long run,” she said, and reiterated her hopes that with the government efforts the problems of rice farmers will be addressed soon.

“Today, we are looking at the problem of 3.5M rice farmers in the Philippines and I hope that with the cooperation of ATI, PHilMech, and PhilRice, we will be able to solve their problem,” she stated.
PHilMech Director IV, Dr. Baldwin G. Jallorina, assured the senator and the public that PHilMech will continue promoting mechanization and enhance the knowledge of the farmers through continuous conduct of training and education courses.

“We will continue conducting training education courses for trainers, agricultural extension workers and other change agents. We will continue to generate and promote our new designs and machines to local agricultural machinery manufacturing sector,” he said.

Jallorina also shared the accomplishments of PHilMech in relation to Sen. Villar’s advocacy on training and education of the agriculture industry stakeholders, and proudly shared that PHilMech has been accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as a training and assessment center.

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