Resounding, the theme “Sigla sa Agrikultura, Yaman ng Magsasaka”, the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) took part in the 1st Agri-Aqua trade fair of Guimba held at Umali Gym, Municipal Town Hall on March 6, 2017.
In a continuing effort to further improve the implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s locally and foreign funded projects, the Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division (SPCMAD) held its Year-End Assessment and Review on February 7 to 10, 2017 at the JC Leisure and Business Place in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
Now that PhilSCAT’s 5-year project implementation is about to conclude, the working contract of all the Chinese experts will soon end as well. This may mean goodbye to some, but as long as the Philippine and China cooperation stand strong to its commitment to uplift the Philippine agriculture, it will always mean ‘until we meet again’.
In partnership with the Philippine Center for Postharvest and Development (PhilMech), the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology successfully produced 30 certified ‘barrio’ mechanics in the recently conducted training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engines held at PhilSCAT Workshop I on March 20-25, 2017.
Aimed to extend the technical know-how on using the mechanical rice transplanter to the farmer-participants and enhance their technical capability on seedling preparation using the double-mulching technique (DMT), a total of 25 farmers from Pulilan, Bulacan successfully undergone a training on the operation of the rice mechanical transplanter using DMT on January 3, 2017.
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.
With PhilSCAT to conclude its second phase of project implementation, the China’s Ministry of Commerce conducted an on-site evaluation and inspection on March 21-22, 2017 at PhilSCAT zeroing on the project’s accomplishments and impact to the Philippine rice farming sector.
As the PhilSCAT’s second technical cooperation between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China is about to conclude by June 2017, five Chinese experts bids their last farewell to their Filipino colleagues through a send-off party held at the PhilSCAT’s Multi-purpose hall on March 3, 2017.
Gamit ang pinakamahusay na kasanayan at tamang kaalaman sa pagsasaka, si Mang Abel ay umani ng 980 kaban ng M38 na tumitimbang ng 65 kilo kada sako mula sa kanyang 5.5 ektaryang-sakahan o katumbas ng 11.58 tonelada kada ektarya na halos mas mataas kumpara sa walong toneladang inani niya noong nakaraang sakahan bago subukan ang M38.
Sa larangan ng agrikultura, isang magandang pagkakitaan ang pagpoprodyus ng hybrid rice. Ngunit kaakibat ng teknolohiyang ito ay ang malaking puhunan kumpara sa konbensyonal na pagtatanim ng palay.
Para kay Vasquez, diversification ang susi sa matagumpay na pagsasaka. “Huwag tayong makuntento sa iisang kalakal lamang. Kailangan nating mag-isip ng iba pang pagkakakitaan bukod sa tradisyunal na pagsasaka,” bahagi niya.
“Napakalaking tulong nito sa akin lalo na sa pagkunsumo ng gasul. Simula noong Marso 2015-hanggang ngayon ginagamit ko na ito sa pagluluto. Sa totoo lang, hindi ko na nga alam ang presyo ng gasul sa ngayon dahil 100% akong nakatitipid sa gasul gamit ang teknolohiyang ito,” paglalahad ni Mislang.