A rice harvester amounting to ₱ 685,000.00 had recently been released to members of the Mabuting Pangkabuhayan Association during a simple handover ceremony through the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST IX), thru its Provincial S&T Center in Zamboanga del Sur (PSTC-ZDS).
The use of the harvester aims to address problems such as labor shortage, harvest schedule delays, and low farmer revenue, through the mechanization of operations, increased processing times, and improved produce quality.
Through pre-mechanization, farmers would only be able to harvest a minimum of 1 hectare per day, gaining ₱ 5,000.00, whereas with the implementation of the technology, the farmers are expected to handle 2-3 hectares a day, earning them an estimated amount of ₱ 10,000.00-15,000.00.
Present during the handover were the association members led by President Bobby D. Dillera, and PSTC-ZDS personnel led by Provincial S&T Director Engr. Gerardo F. Parot.
The harvester was acquired through the project titled, “Roll-out of Science, Technology and Innovation of Locally Developed Combine Rice Harvester to Enhance Rice Farm Productivity”, and was locally funded and developed through the agency’s local Grants-in-Aid (GIA) program.
The GIA program provides grants for the implementation of programs and/or projects identified in the current DOST priorities and thrusts, and supports S&T activities classified in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). It is designed to contribute to productivity and improve the quality of life of Filipinos by generating and promoting appropriate technologies. It also intends to strengthen the participation of various S&T sectors particularly in research and development (R&D), promotion, technology transfer and utilization, human resources development, information dissemination, advocacy, and linkages.