To further increase their rice production, 18 farmer associations from Apayao, Ifugao and Kalinga will receive combine harvester each after the conclusion of two batches training on Operation and Maintenance of Combine Harvester last May 16-18, 2018 and May 22-23, 2018, respectively at Golden Berries Hotel and Convention Center, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

The training was conducted by the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region in partnership with the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) and Ford Philippines.

The said activity aims to equip the farmers on how to operate and maintain the machinery.

The grant is an incentive to the farmers’ efforts to increase their revenues during the implementation of the High Yield Technology Adoption (HYTA) project of the department.

The following farmer associations will receive a combine harvester: Ifugao San Quintin RIC, Gabgabur Sinigpit IA, Tanglagan MPC, Calaoan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, Allig Rice Producers IA, Baluyan FA, Malayugan FA, Namnama ti Francisco IA, Bayog FA, Bayog Imelda Sipa FA, Apayao Seed Producers MPC, Samahang Nayon ng Apayao FIA, Timpuyog ti Emilliana Malekkeg IA, Sto. Thomas Credit Cooperative, Suso Kaguma IA, Calaocan FA, Low Lying IA, and Macutay FA.

Series of lectures were discussed during the training such as the Harvesting Management by Engr. Miriam Pastor of DA-CAR, Parts of the Combine Harvester by Engr. Raul Bayangdan, Safety Precautions, Operation, Maintenance and Basic Troubleshooting of Combine Harvester by Engr. Rhoween Parica, Financial Analysis by Allen Denver Mangaoil of PhilMech, Warranty Coverage by Marygold Lundang of Ford Philippines, and among others.

An actual demonstration and hands-on was also conducted. These activities are the identification and pre-checking, maintenance and adjustment, and driving and operation of the combine harvester.//HDanis