PhilSCAT, DA RFO 3 gear up to capacitate farmer co-ops

A total of 78 farmers have undergone 2 batches of capability training on the basic operation and maintenance of Selected Farm Machineries for Region 3 farmer-cooperatives on the Mechanical Rice Transplanter and Double-Mulching Technique on March 8-9 and March 16-17 respectively.

This training program  was requested and funded by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 3 (DA-RFO3) to train and develop the skills of the different farm service providers especially DA’s farm machinery recipients.

The training focus on the operation and maintenance of mechanical rice transplanter and its low-cost seedling preparation complement the double mulching technique (DMT).

The opening ceremony for the first batch was graced by PhilSCAT Director Emmanuel V. Sicat together with Wilson E. Santarina, DA-RDO 3 Institutional Development Unit (IDU) representative; Carlos C. Abon, Jr., PhilSCAT Technology Product and Development Division chief; and some participating staff from both parties.

In his message, Sicat shared his experiences during planting season particularly on how he encountered problems on the lack of labor and opted for farm mechanization instead.

Moreover, DA RFO 3 expressed appreciation to PhilSCAT for the partnership through this training. In his message, Santarina reminded the participants to use the farm machines effectively and wisely according to its use to gain its maximum benefits.

“DA expects you (participants) to use the machineries granted to your cooperatives and be able to contribute in the government’s goal of increasing the yield of the farmers,” Santarina said.

Meanwhile, a total of 69 participants successfully completed the 2-day training and received certificate of completions while the remaining 9 participants were given certificates of attendance for their participation either on the first or 2nd day of the training only.

“I hope that you will be able to effectively use the farm machines granted by our government. Do not hesitate to ask questions because with the right agencies, right communication, and right farming technology, a better future awaits us,” said Engr. Romeo Vasquez, proprietor of highly successful RSV enterprises and one of the resource speaker during the training.

According to Nestor B. De Guzman, manager of Diadiawan Integrated Resources Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Aurora and one of the paticipants, “I learned a lot through this training, unlike before that we do not know how to operate the mechanical transplanter, and with this training we will be able to use it now to our farms.”

The two-day training was consisted of lectures on Mechanized Land Preparation, Methods of Seedling Preparation, Double-Mulching Technique discussed by PhilSCAT Science Research Specialist Engr. Aldo C. Valdez, and Business Projections of Common Service Farm Facilities tackled by the Proprietor of RS Vasquez Enterprises Engr. Romeo S. Vasquez. The hands-on activity on Double-Mulching Technique and Mechanized Rice Transplanting Operation was facilitated by PhilSCAT Science Research Specialist Engr. Edgardo V. Coloma and assisted by selected PhilSCAT staff.

Two more batches of this training will be conducted on April 24-25 2017 and May 2-3, 2017.  JMRarama

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