PhilMech expands training of farmer-mechanics
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has extended its program in the Davao and central regions to train farmers who would be ready to provide maintenance services for various agricultural machines owned by farmers and farmer cooperatives.
The attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA) first conducted the training March last year at the Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT), Muñoz Science City, Nueva Ecija.
“We need to develop a core of farmer-mechanic as we intensify our distribution of farm machineries and equipment as wear and tear cannot be avoided. Breakdown of farm machines affects farm operations and productivity and troubleshooting would be very costly,” DA-Davao Regional Field Office headed the Officer-in-Charge Ricardo Oñate Jr. was quoted in a news report.
“This is just the first batch, we will have the second batch for the local government of Davao del Norte and we will include farm tractor and other heavy equipment,” he added.