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Dipolog farmers undergo training on modern farm machineries

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By Alfonso T. Ruda (EDT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, September 25 (PIA) --- To improve the agriculture sector of Dipolog City and nearby towns, the City Agriculturist Office, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) recently conducted a training course on the operation and maintenance of selected agricultural machineries on rice mechanization and post-harvest facilities here.

The two-day training, held at Sitio Tubod and Bayang of Barangay Galas, was participated by the members of Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association (DPIA).

Dipolog City Agriculturist Engr. Kerr Porlas said the training aimed to familiarize the farmers on the operation of multi-million modern farm equipments and facilities which were given by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to the members of DPIA during his visit in Dipolog City last year.

The P5.5-million modern farm equipments include Riding Type Transplanter, Walk Behind Transplanter, Combine Harvester, 4-Wheel tractor and Reaper.

Among the resource persons during the 2-day training include Science Research Specialist I, Mr. Mario V. Pascua; Science Research Specialist II Mr. Ray Adarna; PhilMech Science Research Specialist I Engr. Irish Arambulo ug Science Research Analyst Mr. Roland Ruiz.

Porlas said they chose to conduct the training on September in time for the start of the harvest season for the farmers’ hands-on experience.

The City Agriculturist believed the mechanization program of the government is the answer to the farmers’ labor problems during harvest season.

During the training, farmers were also given the opportunity to operate the modern farm equipments.

Porlas said Dipolog City, which has 1,600 hectares of rice-fields, with 1,100 hectares irrigated, and 500 hectares rain-fed is the first area in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region to receive these modern farm equipments from the Department of Agriculture.