AFMech Focals: A New Pool of Postharvest Technology Specialists

AFMech focals actively participate in the exercise during the Resource Person Development Course.

MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija — To ensure efficient transfer of technology to stakeholders and increase their level of mechanization adoption, a new breed of experts recently underwent a Resource Person Development Course on Grains Postharvest Technology. These new pool of resource persons are composed of 19 Agriculture & Fishery Mechanization (AFMech) focals from the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) network of training centers and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech).

The said training was filled with lectures on various postharvest technology topics such as: Training Program / Plan on Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering and Mechanization; State of Agricultural Mechanization and Postharvest in the Philippines; AFMech Law; The Anatomy and Physical Properties of Grains in Relation to Postharvest Operation of Rice and Corn, and Grain Storage; Factors Affecting Grain Quality Deterioration and its Prevention; Principles and Systems of Rice and Corn Harvesting, Shelling; Drying Principles and Systems, Moisture and Moisture Content Determination; Rice Milling Principles and Systems; Biology and Ecology of Stored Products Pests, Mycotoxin: Prevention and Control; and Training Methods, Tools and Techniques.

These were discussed by various PhilMech specialists, namely: Engr. Ariodear C. Rico; Dir. Arnel Ramir M. Apaga; Dr. Normita A. Pasalo; Joel V. Dator; Dir. Raul R. Paz; Engr. Renato P. Gregorio; Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez; Dr. Michael A. Gragasin; Miriam A. Acda; and Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy, respectively.

At the end of the three-day lecture and workshop, the participants were able to develop their own presentation materials and conduct micro teaching to echo what they learned from the PhilMech lecturers. Moreover, Dir. Apaga highlighted that the roles of ATI and PhilMech as well as the strong partnership between the two can turn national mechanization into reality.

“By developing a pool of new resource persons, it can increase national awareness and the desire of farmers for agricultural and fishery mechanization which will not only increase yield, productivity, and efficiency, but also will enable us to be at par with other ASEAN countries,” he added.

Through the Career Development and Management Division of the Institute in partnership with PhilMech, this training was held on March 27-31, 2017 at the PhilMech Compound.