Abono shows agri-technology farm to farmers

December 25, 2018 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo So showed his agri-techno farm in Carmen, Rosales, to some 100 farmers from Urdaneta City, Villasis, Rosales and Balungao, on December 19.

MINI- PALAY TRANSPLANTER  A prototype model of a manually drawn mini-palay transplanter that was developed and manufactured by Guilcor Agrimac of Cagayan De Oro City. The equipment could transplant palay seedlings in a 780 square meters of rice paddy in an hour. This was demonstrated to the farmers at the agri-techno farm in Carmen East, Rosales on December 19. VIRGIL MAGANES

So said the farm will showcase modern agricultural technology where farmers could learn new trends in farming not only to enhance their knowledge but also to increase their incomes.

Among those that were shown to farmers are the solar-energized inland irrigation system, which according to him needs an investment but is cost efficient.

“The solar-energized water pump for irrigation could be operating continuously to provide water in the farms at a desired level. The fishpond to which the water flows from the system will soon be seeded with white shimps,” So said.

The establishment of the solar-energized water pumps is in collaboration, he said, with former Mayor Remegio Yu, who supplies the solar panels and supervises the installation.

Yu, who was present at the event, said that he has already coordinated with the officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), who agreed to finance the project.

“DBP has requested that the farmers should be organized into cooperatives to hasten the funding of this kind of project,” he said.

A prototype model of mini-palay transplanter was also demonstrated to the farmers by Paul Barry Cornilla, Chief Engineer of Guilcor Agrimac, a company based in Cagayan De Oro City.

Cornilla explained to the farmers the parts of the equipment and how it is operated.

“This is manually operated by either one or two persons. It could transplant palay seedlings in a 780 square meters rice paddy in an hour,” Cornilla said. It costing P50,000 each.

So said he will purchase four units of the equipment to be distributed in Urdaneta City, Villasis, Balungao and Rosales. “There will be assigned persons in each town who will supervise the schedules for the farmers’ use.”

A green house, which is still to be completed, is another new technology from which farmers will learn new methods of planting high yielding vegetable varieties.

“ Vegetables will not be planted on soils but on nutrient-filled water. This is called the hydroponic farming technology, which could increase vegetable production,” So said.

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