TO DRUM up the implementation of the agency’s Mechanization Program, the Department of Agriculture (DA)–Northern Mindanao field office, together with its other counterparts throughout the Mindanao island, is slated to conduct the 2013 “Makina Saka” or the Agri-Machinery Road Show on November 11-15 at the Marco Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and National Rice Program Coordinator Dante S. Delima will be the honored dignitaries during the formal opening of the five-day affair, in which a press conference will also be held afterwards.
The road show will exhibit a wide array of the latest and emerging agri machinery and equipment, particularly for rice which could be availed by the farmers from the DA.
It will also include machinery exhibition and actual demonstration of rice mechanization facilities as well as a conduct of seminar/congress/conference which are all geared towards the adoption of farmers to the various machinery and equipment that will be presented.
As such is seen to reduce labor in farm work as well as minimize production and post-harvest losses, which will contribute in attaining the heretofore twin goals of the department: food security and self-sufficiency.
Expected participants will be around 700 participants, ranging from farmer-leaders, local government unit agricultural technicians, agricultural and fishery councils and officials, and other stakeholders for agri-development. (PIA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 29, 2013.