PhilMech to commercialize locally developed rice farm technology
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) is planning to commercialize and start selling this year a locally developed rice farm technology that will provide farmers better grains drying system.
PHilMech Executive Director Baldwin Jallorina said the Fluidized Bed Dryer that was developed by the agency is now ready for commercialization after undergoing testing and trials in the past two years.
“PHilMech researchers and scientists have vastly improved on the Fluidized Bed Dryer prototype that the agency developed in 2015. From the latter part of this year, PhilMech will take steps to commercialize the technology,” Jallorina said.
“From the prototype developed in 2015 that only had 500 kilograms capacity per batch, PHilMech was able to develop a model that can dry one ton of palay per batch,” he added.
The drying cost per kilo of the said Fluidized Bed Dryer is below the industry average P1 per kilo.
Moving forward, PHilMech will select companies from the local farm machinery fabrication industry to manufacture the Fluidized Bed Dryer.
Part of the commercialization process PHilMech will undertake is to accredit and select manufacturers that will fabricate the Fluidized Bed Dryer it developed, which is also in line with the agency’s advocacy to promote locally-developed and fabricated farm equipment.
“PHilMech fully supports the development of the local farm machinery industry that has the potential to employ more people especially in the rural areas, not only in the actual manufacture of the machines buy also in the provision of after-sales or maintenance services,” Jallorina said.