Farm mechanization as answer in improving PH agri
Can farm mechanization be the answer to a more profitable agriculture?
Dr. William Dar, during an event last July 28 at UP Diliman by StratSearch Foundation led by Dr. Clarita Carlos, said that farm mechanization is an alternative in improving the state of agriculture in the Philippines, Manila Bulletin reported.
Farm mechanization, Dar said, is one other approach to make local farming profitable. Mechanization can lead to more efficient land preparation, planting and harvesting and economical, at the same time generating products of better quality.
During the roundtable discussion of the event, Engr. Rex Bingabing the outgoing head of PhilMech, presented examples of how farm mechanization can help agriculture in the Philippines. He cited that the average cost of producing palay in the country is around P11 per kilo. By taking on mechanical transplanting and harvesting, the average cost of production could be diminished to just over P7 per kilo.
Mechanization, the report said, can also be done in other crops as well as livestock, aquaculture and poultry.