Agreement to mechanize sugar farming to be signed in April
The Sugar Regulatory Administration and Italy’s Unita di Ricerca per I’ingegneria Agraria (CREA-ING) will sign on April 12 a technical cooperation agreement (TCA) that would set the roadmap for the mechanization of sugar farming in the country.
BusinessWorld reported that under the TCA, Italy will provide the experts who will study the appropriate equipment needed by Philippine sugarcane farms including harvesting and loading machinery.
For its part, the SRA will fund the visits or study tours of Italy’s experts as well as their professional fees.
The SRA will also finance the holding of meetings or workshops and the cost of materials for the machineries to be fabricated, including the testing of prototypes.
BusinessWorld said the SRA and CREA-ING may access funds from the host countries or from international organizations “upon mutual consent.”
The TCA may be extended for four years subject to the consent and financial support from both countries.
Harvesting of sugarcane is still mostly done by hand. As for loading, government provides dump trucks to farmers’ cooperatives.