The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has released PHP1.6 million worth of Grant-in-Aid (GIA) assistance to help two Zamboanga del Norte farmers’ group mechanize their farm practice.
Zamboanga del Norte Province and Science Director Merlyn Cadag identified the beneficiaries Wednesday as the Dipolog Farmers Service Providers Association (DFSPA) and the Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association (DPIA).
Cadag said the DOST granted the DFSPA PHP850,000 to acquire a riding-type rice transplanter and PHP800,000 to the DPIA for the acquisition of combine mechanical harvester.
The two associations have a combined membership of 1,300 farmer-families.
Cadag said that both the riding-type rice transplanter and combine mechanical harvester technologies are driven by a 16-horsepower diesel engine and its mechanisms have been designed ergonomically to achieve an efficient performance.
She said the two farm machinery are expected to reduce economic losses and improve farm productivity by mechanizing rice production and post-harvest.
She said the equipment are output of research and development and innovation works of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) with funding assistance from DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
The DFSPA and DPIA are among the early adopters of the technology, she said.
Meanwhile, aside from DFSPA and DPIA in Zamboanga del Norte, the DOST has also assisted farmer groups in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur, and this city to acquire the similar types of machinery.
The project is part of a wider field testing activity to further assess the performance, durability, and efficiency of the farm implements as applied in several field conditions in the region.
Source: Philippines News Agency