First Cagayan Valley Technology Forum showcases farm machinery equipment

Two locally fabricated farm machinery equipment supported by DA-BAR were among the showcased technologies during the first Cagayan Valley Regional Research for Development and Extension Network Technology Forum conducted by the DA regional office on 28-29 September 2022 in DA-Cagayan Valley Research Center (CVRC), San Felipe, Ilagan, Isabela. 

DA-CVRC fabricated the Adlay Milling Machine, an improved version of a rice micromill, to address the unavailability of an appropriate milling machine for adlay that is being grown as an alternative food staple in the country. 

The easy-to-use and portable milling machine can produce 50-75 kgs of adlay grits at a milling cost equivalent to PhP 0.882 per kilogram of grits in an hour of operation. With its very high milling efficiency, farmers can earn a net income equivalent to PhP 1.118 per kg of grits if used for custom hiring of PhP 2 per kg of grits. 

Another equipment fabricated by DA-CVRC is the Zero Energy Cool Chamber (ZECC). An on-farm storage system, ZECC is designed to preserve the quality and prolong the shelf life of fruits and vegetables at zero electric energy requirement resulting in increased income for farmers. When stored in ZECC, tomato’s shelf life can last up to 31 days while eggplant’s shelf life reaches 8 days. 

Ang DA-BAR ay katuwang ninyo hindi lamang sa mga proyekto sa pagsasagawa ng pagsasaliksik kung hindi pati na rin sa pagtuklas at pagbuo ng mga produkto na makakatulong upang mapataas ang produksyon at kita ng ating mga mangingisda at magsasaka,” DA-BAR assistant director for Programs Joell H. Lales said in his virtual message. 

The said event convened key officials and researchers from DA-attached agencies and regional centers, state universities and colleges, municipal and provincial local government units, private partners, and local inventors and manufacturers. 

During the opening program, DA undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Regulations Mercedita A. Sombilla underscored the importance of technology in food production. 

“Technology is the key to winning [against] poverty and other challenges amidst this highly complicated and knowledge-based global economy,” she said. 

“Our role is to ensure that gaps on technology promotion and farmers acceptance are addressed. DA is here to act as a bridge so that the outputs of our local inventors are not wasted but embraced by many because they are suited to our needs on the ground,” DA-Cagayan Valley regional executive director Narciso A. Edillo said. (### Angelo N. Padura)