THE extension of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) for another six years should ideally result in the mechanization of the country's rice farms by around 50 percent, according to the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech).

PHilMech Director and Scientist IV Dionisio Alvindia said that ideally, a 50-percent mechanization coverage should be attained for the country's rice farms if the extension of RCEF pushes through.

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