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Mechanization is the way to go in farming

  • EFFICIENT COMPACT RICE MILL – One form of mechanization that can help increase farming profit and at the same contribute to increased food supply is the use of efficient rice mills. The Lee Hwa rice mill from Korea is said to have a milling recovery of 6.8 percent with the right moisture content of palay. That’s much higher than the usual 55 percent recovery with the use of ordinary rice mills.  Photo shows Philip Kim (left) and his assistants testing the compact rice mill from Korea which will be showcased at the forthcoming Agrilink trade show.

    EFFICIENT COMPACT RICE MILL – One form of mechanization that can help increase farming profit and at the same contribute to increased food supply is the use of efficient rice mills. The Lee Hwa rice mill from Korea is said to have a milling recovery of 6.8 percent with the right moisture content of palay. That’s much higher than the usual 55 percent recovery with the use of ordinary rice mills. Photo shows Philip Kim (left) and his assistants testing the compact rice mill from Korea which will be showcased at the forthcoming Agrilink trade show.

  • VEGGIES IN CONTAINERS – In the urban area, you can grow your own vegetables in containers. There are lots of recycled materials that can be used for growing vegetables like gallon plastic containers, old basins, old care tires and the like. What is important is that you use a growing medium that is rich in organic matter.  Pepper, tomato, eggplant, lettuce, pechay, kangkong, sweet potato and many more can be grown in containers. You will see them at the Agri-Bazaar at the Quezon Memorial Circle  in Quezon City on September 16-18.

    VEGGIES IN CONTAINERS – In the urban area, you can grow your own vegetables in containers. There are lots of recycled materials that can be used for growing vegetables like gallon plastic containers, old basins, old care tires and the like. What is important is that you use a growing medium that is rich in organic matter. Pepper, tomato, eggplant, lettuce, pechay, kangkong, sweet potato and many more can be grown in containers. You will see them at the Agri-Bazaar at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on September 16-18.

  • COCO SUGAR FOR EXPORT – The Tree Life Company of Jerry Taray has cornered a big chunk of the coco sugar market in Europe with major chocolate manufacturers as customers. The trend, according to Jerry, is that the customers are going for light-colored coco sugar. To produce that, the crystallizing and drying should be done slowly with low heat. Jerry owns a 60-hectare plantation in Carmen, North Cotabato that is planted to dwarf coconuts that are easier to tap compared to the tall varieties.

    COCO SUGAR FOR EXPORT – The Tree Life Company of Jerry Taray has cornered a big chunk of the coco sugar market in Europe with major chocolate manufacturers as customers. The trend, according to Jerry, is that the customers are going for light-colored coco sugar. To produce that, the crystallizing and drying should be done slowly with low heat. Jerry owns a 60-hectare plantation in Carmen, North Cotabato that is planted to dwarf coconuts that are easier to tap compared to the tall varieties.

  • CATTLE IN AN ORCHID FARM – Sally Leuenberger, dubbed the Orchid Queen of Davao City, has a practical way of utilizing the portion of her 7-hectare farm that is not occupied by orchids. That’s by raising cattle. The animals keep the grasses low and the grasses that are cut from the area occupied by her orchids are also fed to the ruminants. Her cows provide her good additional income. For instance, she has been selling her cows at R18,000 to R35,000 per head. Aside from cattle, she also has some goats for meat and milk.

    CATTLE IN AN ORCHID FARM – Sally Leuenberger, dubbed the Orchid Queen of Davao City, has a practical way of utilizing the portion of her 7-hectare farm that is not occupied by orchids. That’s by raising cattle. The animals keep the grasses low and the grasses that are cut from the area occupied by her orchids are also fed to the ruminants. Her cows provide her good additional income. For instance, she has been selling her cows at P18,000 to P35,000 per head. Aside from cattle, she also has some goats for meat and milk.

In the past, about the only form mechanization in the Philippines was the use of tractors in tilling the land. That was fine but times have changed.

Some have expressed before that mechanization would displace the manual workers in the farm. That is not true. With more machines that produce bigger harvests, there are new opportunities for people to be employed in higher-paying employment in the community. With higher income of farmers, there are new investments that could be made.

Today, it is possible to mechanize many farm chores. The latest we have gathered is that FIT Corea which distributes various Korean farm machines in the Philippines is introducing a direct-seeding machine for rice. This can seed four hectares in one day, according to FIT Corea president Philip Kim.

The good thing about the direct seeding machine besides being able to sow the seeds fast is that the rows are straight. And this will facilitate mechanical weeding and harvesting.

Of course, many people know that rice transplanters and combine harvesters are now becoming increasingly popular in the country. And the trend could continue as more machinery companies introduce their machines. At the forthcoming Agrilink trade show, for instance, the  Korean agricultural machinery industry cooperative (KAMIKO) will be showcasing their products in their pavilion which is said to be the biggest in the trade expo.

Efficient rice milling is another important form of mechanization that can increase profitability among farmers. The trend, according to Philip Kim, is the use of compact rice mills that can do the function of the big rice processing complexes (RPC). He said that the compact machines require only little space and they also don’t require three-phase electric connection which could be a big problem in the countryside.

FIT Corea is also distributing a compact brown rice mill that is also very efficient. In a recent demonstration at the Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa, the machine proved its worth. It produced clean brown rice in just one passing.

If you are interested in farm mechanization, make sure to visit the Agrilink expo on October 6-8 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.