PHilMech empowers agriculture sector through techno-talakayan, demo
(by Christine V. Ang  6/1/2017)

During the 39th anniversary celebration of PHilMech, a Techno-Talakayan and field demonstration of modern rice production technologies were conducted. This activity is an offshoot of the collaborative activities of PHilMech with the Republic of South Korea through Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO).

The Techno-Talakayan and technology demonstration highlighted the presentation and discussion of mechanization and postharvest technologies that aim to increase awareness of our farmers and stakeholders on recent developments on mechanization.

Among the topics discussed in the Techno-Talakayan were land preparation, seedling preparation and transplanting and crop management for rice farming. Moreover, technologies such as combine harvester, hay rake, baler, direct seeder, transplanter and other equipment for rice were demonstrated.

Likewise, more than 200 participants from various farmers’ organizations (FO), cooperatives, farmers’ associations (FA), irrigators’ associations (IA), agricultural extension workers, regional field offices and private sector all-over the country attended. KAMICO chairman Shin Gil Kim and KAMICO representative in the Philippines, Philip Kim also joined to support the activity.

Meanwhile, DA Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol through DA USec. for Finance Francisco M. Villano, Jr., sent his warmest greetings and commended the agency’s contribution in the agriculture industry.

“In this modern world where everybody is already accustomed with technological advances, your efforts towards more progressive postharvest development and mechanization are indeed vital in sustaining and enduring the agricultural production in the country,” said Sec. Piñol.

Sec. Piñol, in his sent speech, also shared the DA’s continuous efforts to sustain the momentum of the rice mechanization program which has already created a big impact to the lives of the farmers.

According to the secretary, the Department of Agriculture has a total of 15, 329 units of farm machines all over the country since 2011. And instead of requiring organized groups to provide equity of co-sharing scheme, DA has provided farm machine on a grant basis provided that the organized groups of farmers will commit to use the machines responsibly.