DA-RFO 10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado tried on the mechanical transplanter to test its capability.
The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) spearheaded by Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) conducted the ceremonial rice transplanting activity using the mechanical transplanter on July 31, 2017 at Central Mindanao University (CMU), Musuan, Bukidnon.
The activity was conducted at the site where the 100 hectares hybrid rice production techno demo farm project of DA-RFO 10 in collaboration with CMU.
Mechanical transplanting will hasten the process of transplanting of rice seedlings from the seedbeds to the paddies thus, ensure uniform spacing and planting depth. It will also save time and cost and increase in yield and income that will also lead to attaining rice sufficiency in the region in support to the national government’s thrust on food security and poverty alleviation. It will only require two to three people to work for three or four hectares in a day with a minimum cost of P 1,600 per hectare as compared to the conventional practice that needs 20 laborers to transplant a one-hectare land in a day and with a minimum cost of P6,500 per day.
OIC-Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10, Carlene C. Collado leads the trial of the machinery that will test its capacity and efficiency and the uniformity in spacing and planting depth of the seedlings. The tryout was followed by CMU VP for Research and Extension Dr. Luzviminda Simborio and farmer-participants.
The mechanical transplanter is part of the machinery package of the hybrid rice model farm project. ### SVAdecer
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