Agri mechanization to raise farmers’ income
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has pushed for the full mechanization of the country’s agricultural sector to make farmer’s income profitable.
Mechanization is a critical factor to make Philippine agriculture profitable, according to the outgoing head of the PHILMECH head Engr. Rex Bingabing.
Bingabing said at the recent roundtable discussion on the future of agriculture convened by StratSearch Foundation that mechanization reduces cost of production because it makes land preparation, planting, and harvesting more efficient.
According to Bingabing, by employing mechanical transplanting and harvesting the cost of production for palay in the country can be reduced to just over P7 per kilo from the current average cost of P11.
Mechanization can be adopted into high value crops, aquaculture, livestock and poultry.