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Philippine Gov’t Trains Caraga Farmers on CRH to Increase Farm Production
Source: balita.ph
Source Date: Friday, April 09, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Philippines
Created: Apr 12, 2010

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Regional Agriculture Engineering Division (RAED), trains thousands of farmer in Caraga region on how to use Philippine Rice Research Institute-made Combine Rice Harvester (CRH) to maximize their farm implements and increase production .

The training is spearheaded by Caraga DA regional executive director Ricardo Regis.

The farm machine is manufactured by PhilRice Central Experiment Station based in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija in collaboration with the Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Each region in the country was provided with such farm implement for demonstration purposes so that farmers can appreciate its usefulness and advantages and will eventually adopt it in their respective farms.

The small and lightweight machine combines harvesting, threshing, cleaning, and bagging processes. It can harvest one-hectare of palay a day, with grain losses from one to three percent. It lowers harvesting cost compared to traditional. It is designed for local condition.

The use of PhilRice CRH is part of the DA's agricultural mechanization program under Republic Act 8435, or then Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act, is a step toward addressing problems on both the production and post production operations.

In a related development, in a bid to further boost the production of palay in the next cropping season, a new scheme on rice seeds procurement and distribution will be adopted to be jointly undertaken by the DA -13 and National Food Authority (NFA) with the respective local government units (LGU’s).

The new scheme was part of the government’s Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFiP) financed through loan and grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development-European Commission (IFAD-EC).

Based on the implementing guidelines, the DA will download to the NFA the RaSSFiP fund in the amount of P668,819,742, a loan from IFAD and the IFAD-EC grant of P430,665.420.

The amount will be used by NFA for the procurement of Certified Rice Seeds based on the volume and variety as determined by DA from certified seed growers and with certification from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

On distribution aspect, the department will determine the distribution areas, the seed requirements per area in terms of variety and volume and the farmer beneficiaries in consonance with the local government units.

Farmers could still avail the seeds on 50 percent discounted price through the DA authorized representative upon payment of the farmer’s equity to NFA.
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