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


Department of Agriculture- Cordillera (DA-CAR) Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo went over to monitor the progress of the operations of the DA Regional Soils Laboratory last May 30, 2018 at Baguio City.

The Regional Soils Laboratory is a unit of the Regional Integrated Agricultural Laboratories Division of DA-CAR. It provides services in testing soil as basis for fertilization guide to farmers and other stakeholders.

Dir. Edillo gave his full support in the operation of the laboratory to attain a responsive, efficient and eco-friendly service to farmers and other clientele.

During his visit, Dir. Edillo was acquainted with the activities and services of the laboratory such as the soil analysis. It is a tool to determine the fertility status of the soil. A proper soil test will help ensure the application of enough fertilizer to meet the requirements of the crop while taking advantage of the nutrients already present in the soil.

The laboratory also conducts test for texture, pH, organic matter (Nitrogen), available Phosphorus and Potassium as basis for fertilizer recommendations.

The operation of the regional soils laboratory is being headed by Maribel P. Mananguit, Chemist IV and Laboratory In-charge with three staff namely, Angeline O. Marino, Chemist III; Alona Jean I. Astrera, Chemist II; and Josefina A. Desierto, Laboratory Aide.

The laboratory is open from Monday to Friday at 8 am to 5 pm. The service is open to farmers, students, researchers, and other interested clientele.//HDanis