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PhilMech: P92-M farm equipment to lessen losses of Sorsogon farmers

By Connie Calipay


LEGAZPI CITY --- Some 2,000 farmers from 20 qualified farmers cooperatives and associations (FCAs), as well as two local government units (LGUs) in the province of Sorsogon, will benefit from the PHP92 million worth of farm equipment recently distributed by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) under the mechanization program of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).


In an interview on Friday, Joseph Corporal, PhilMech regional focal person for RCEF, said the 36 units of machinery include 15 four-wheel tractors, four rice precision seeders, three combine harvesters, three walk-behind transplanters, two riding-type transplanters, seven recirculating dryers, and two multi-stage rice mills.


“The farm equipment will benefit more than 2,000 farmer-members of the FCAs. The distribution of the machinery aims to increase the harvest and income of the farmers and to lessen post-harvest losses by using the appropriate farm mechanization technologies and equipment from planting to harvesting,” he said.


Corporal said the equipment distributed were procured under the 2023 funds, and another batch is expected in the 2024 allocated budget.


“For RCEF, we target four provinces in the Bicol Region. We will distribute another PHP72 million worth of types of machinery in Sorsogon province and to other provinces in Bicol,” he said.


The national government has implemented the RCEF to assist farmers as compensation for the projected loss of farm income arising from the rice tariffication. (PNA)


MECHANIZATION. Some of the farm equipment worth PHP92 million on display prior to distribution by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) to 20 qualified farmers cooperatives and associations and two local government units in the province of Sorsogon in an undated photo. The equipment distribution aims to increase the harvest and income of the farmers through the use of appropriate farm machineries and technologies. (Photo courtesy of DA-PhilMech Facebook page)

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