The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) has distributed 512 pieces of farm machines in six regions that form part of the P2-billion worth of machines that were successfully auctioned off and purchased earlier this year.
The agency said it is bidding out the next batch of farm machines worth at least P5 billion, of which P3 billion worth of equipment were supposed to be acquired in 2019.
Before the end of the year, another P3 billion will be auctioned off out to complete the P5 billion worth of machines to be distributed this year under the mechanization component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
Baldwin Jallorina, PhilMech executive director, those which have receivd farm machines include the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol and Central Visayas. These comprise 106 four-wheel tractors; 77 hand tractors; 25 floating tillers; 21 precision seeders; 39 walk behind transplanters; 34 reapers; and 176 combine harvesters.