Modernizing Rice Farming through Mechanization

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ORMOC CITY, Leyte - Rice mechanization is one of the components of Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law. It is very helpful to farmers in terms of timeliness of operation, maximized production potential, increase in crop intensity, and the prevention of farm loss. That is why as more farmer organizations start to shift to mechanized rice farming, they must be capacitated on the proper usage, care, and management of these machines.

ATI-RTC 8 conducted a training on rice mechanization for farmers in Ormoc City which aimed to enable its participants to operate rice farm machinery and basic troubleshooting.

Throughout the course of the training, participants learned about the effects of climate change to mechanization. Financial Literacy was also discussed so that the participants would understand the flow of cash in rice production from the purchase of inputs to post processing with mechanization as one of the factors.

Highlights of the training was the hands-on activities where participants demonstrated their skills on the operation of various farm machineries from land preparation, establishment, crop care, harvesting, threshing, drying, and milling. As a way to assess their learning and skills, the participants underwent the NCII Assessment on Rice Machinery Operation.

“As a farmer, I really pushed myself to attend this training and NC II assessment to improve my knowledge in farming.” said Brenda Omega, a farmer from Ormoc City.

Consequently, Roymae Valencia, during her impression, was glad to learn about modern technology and was positive that this knowledge can be imparted to her fellow farmers especially in Rice Machinery Operation. “Now, I know how to operate a tractor, harvester, transplanter, land master, and grass weeder. I learned how to do regular farm activities in a more modern way.”

The training on Rice Machinery Operation with NCII was conducted on August 29 to September 2, 2020 in coordination with ORSEGRO-MPC in Sitio Dao, Brgy. Liloan, Ormoc City.