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 The field demonstration was undertaken by the DA-CAR in partnership with All Certified Equipment Trading Corporation (ACETC), and SL Agritech Corporation.In order to improve farmers’ production, reduce costs, and make farm work more efficient, a field demonstration on the new farm machineries and equipment was conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) at Barangay Macutay, Rizal, Kalinga on Aprill 11, 2018.

 DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Field Operations, Engineer Danilo P. Daguio encouraged farmers to mechanize their farm production and operations in support to the government’s Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and the Philippine Rice Industry Roadmap that aims to attain rice self-sufficiency and avoid rice importation.

 Daguio said that the government continues to support farmers through mechanization in a bid to decrease the cost of production by Php6.00 per kilo of palay. He added that through mechanization, farmers can also increase their income and become competitive in the production of high quality seeds.

 “This project of the DA and the local government unit (LGU) of Rizal, Kalinga serves as an opportunity for us to improve our livelihood and share the technologies that we have learned with others. Let us grow together”, said Mayor Marcelo V. Dela Cruz, Jr. of Rizal town.

 The small machineries that were demonstrated were Multi-crop Bagging Machine and Tajima 3-in-1 Knapsack Sprayer/Sower, products of ACETC and SL Agritech Corporation, respectively.

 The activity was participated by Domingo P. Bakilan, Provincial Agriculturist of Kalinga; Isabelo M. Dawaton, Municipal Agriculturist of Rizal; different Farmers Association and their members from Rizal; staff from the DA-CAR, ACETC, SL Agritech Corporation among others. //Herman Danis and Alfredo Cañero