The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Regional Agriculture Engineering Division (RAED), trains thousands of farmer in Caraga region on how to use Philippine Rice Research Institute-made Combine Rice Harvester (CRH) to maximize their farm implements and increase production .
The training is spearheaded by Caraga DA regional executive director Ricardo Regis.
The farm machine is manufactured by PhilRice Central Experiment Station based in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija in collaboration with the Briggs & Stratton Corp.
Each region in the country was provided with such farm implement for demonstration purposes so that farmers can appreciate its usefulness and advantages and will eventually adopt it in their respective farms.
The small and lightweight machine combines harvesting, threshing, cleaning, and bagging processes. It can harvest one-hectare of palay a day, with grain losses from one to three percent. It lowers harvesting cost compared to traditional. It is designed for local condition.
The use of PhilRice CRH is part of the DA’s agricultural mechanization program under Republic Act 8435, or then Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act, is a step toward addressing problems on both the production and post production operations.
In a related development, in a bid to further boost the production of palay in the next cropping season, a new scheme on rice seeds procurement and distribution will be adopted to be jointly undertaken by the DA -13 and National Food Authority (NFA) with the respective local government units (LGU’s).