DA 12 shows off rice harvester-thresher

DA 12 shows off rice harvester-thresher


KORONADAL City — The regional office of the Department of Agriculture here showed to farmers and local officials a machine that could harvest and thresh rice in single operation.
The machine, called rice combine thresher, can harvest at the same time thresh at least eight hectares of rice in a day with only three persons to operate. The machine costs P8.98 million.

A press statement reveals that a field demo using the machine was held in Barangay Rizal attended by DA Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan, Banga Mayor Henry Ladot and his officials, officials of nearby local governments, and farmers.

Datukan said they spearheaded the activity to show to farmers the actual operations of the machine and encourage farmers to adopt modern rice harvesting technologies.

“By using such machines, harvesting of palay will be quicker and losses from harvesting will be minimized,” said Datukan.

Asec Delima explained the machine’s grains tank is capable of storing 2,700 kilograms or about 54 sacks.

Several attendees commended the speed at which the machine was able to complete harvesting and threshing one hectare of rice field in less than half a day. They added that the sacked grains are cleaner compared to that gathered from the traditional threshers.

Datukan said, rice combine threshers are appropriate in select areas in Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region that lack workers to do the harvesting.


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