ILOILO CITY: The Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking to enhance the implementation of the farm service provider (FSP) project as farm mechanization is seen to boost rice productivity and sufficiency in Western Visayas. On Tuesday, members of the technical working group crafted an action plan for its 2016 targets based on the result of the evaluation of 15 farmers and irrigators associations involved in the FSP project. Four associations in Iloilo, two each in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Guimaras and three in Negros Occidental became FSP beneficiaries from 2012 to 2014. The Macabitu Irrigators’ Association, Inc. of Oton, Iloilo is one of the four pilot FSP recipients nationwide along with the two groups in Nueva Ecija and another one in Cotobato in 2012. Studies by the Philippine Rice Research Institute and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization show farm mechanization can help increase harvest and reduce average production cost of palay from P11 per kilo to P9 per kilo.