At least six farmers groups have been cited by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) as its outstanding partners and collaborators.
Every year, PhilMech recognizes its outstanding partners like recipients of agricultural technologies, research and development institutions, government agencies, private companies and other cooperators, who have played a significant role in curbing postharvest losses in the agriculture and fishery industry.
The Viga Costra Irrigators’ Association (IA) of Nueva Ecija, SRT Narra of Palawan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) of Palawan, San D Mill IA Inc. of Bohol and Santo Niño MPC of Butuan City, were named best recipients of the agency’s farm mechanization program. Meanwhile, the Taloy Sur-Bawek Farmers Association of Benguet, and Sinabaddan Kag Tugallan and Barangay Sibulan local government unit of Davao City were the two best agriculture tramline adaptors.
The outstanding partners of PhilMech in research and development include Japan-Philippine Malunggay Eco-farm Inc., SBE Farms Enterprises Inc., Global Development Corp., Tropical Fruit Asia Corp. and Reynaldo Hilario. They assisted PhilMech researchers in conducting laboratory and field works and pilot testing of new farm technologies.
The extension support, education and training services group of PhilMech also recognized their partners, such as the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Division 8 (which is under the Department of Agriculture like PhilMech), Rosario Villaviray, Keno Food Inc., Remzon Organic Products and Deli Shop, and Marinduque State College.
Sibulan Barangay Chairman Roseta Abalayan said that they were surprised when they received the information about the recognition from PhilMech. According to her, the agricultural tramline in their area is a great help to them, since this resulted in an increase in the area being farmed and households. This was based on their latest survey in the area.
The 800-meter agricultural tramline in Sibulan was inaugurated in October 2011, and serves an area of least 80 hectares. It directly benefits more than 50 farmers. Before, farmers in the area pay transporters P2 a kilogram to haul their produce on the steep slopes, which takes 30 to 35 minutes.
Today, with the tramline system, farmers are now P1 kilogram and their produce arrives at the nearest access road in just five to 10 minutes. Even household supplies such as rice, sugar and other grocery goods are transported through the tramline facility.