Carrots and corn machines, and an agri secretary
After watching how a carrot washer works, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala got bolder and took on a corn mill.
Alcala tried a rolling corn mill during the 17th Postharvest Loss Prevention Week and 38th anniversary of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech).
Photos of Alcala on a corn machine were posted on social media, like his recent pictures with a carrot machine which were all over the internet.
The corn mill allows the user to sort and clean white corn at a single pass. It also removes aflatoxin contamination in corn grits.
The other machines on display include a bricket processor, brown rice huller, impeller rice mill, cassava digger, cassava puller, corn seeder, compact corn mill, coco water processor and coffee processor, fluidized bed dryer, moringa processor, mini combine harvester, tractor mounted transplanter, pharmaceutical grade pectin, soybean processor, ylang-ylang oil extractor, ohmic blanching machine, and a biodegradable fruit bag.
In his speech, Alcala stressed the significance of agricultural mechanization in preparation for world market competition.
“Without mechanization, we can never be competitive,” he said.