DA program to teach agri-students on farm machine operation

Agriculture • Mon Oct 9, 2017 08:45 AM  •  70   0
By Carl Ulysses Aguillon/DA-RAFIS XII
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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol with students of the University of Southern Mindanao during his most recent Biyaheng Bukid,.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol with students of the University of Southern Mindanao during his most recent Biyaheng Bukid,.
KABACAN, North Cotabato - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now bridging its advocacies and programs to the youth.  

In his Biyaheng Bukid here, specifically at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced a new program that will stimulate the interest of the Filipino youth to agriculture.  

“The DA will partner with state universities and colleges in the country which offer agricultural engineering and include in their curriculum the proper handling and operation of farm machines,” the agri chief pointed out.  

Piñol said that through this program, farm mechanization program will be intensified since more experts produced by these universities will efficiently teach farmers of the proper utilization of the equipment given by the government.  

“We have a lot of agriculture (engineering) graduates who don’t even know how to drive a farm tractor… For this program, my Alma Mater (USM) will be the pilot school,” he added.  

In line with this partnership, the university initially received a corn picker and rice trans-planter.  

Piñol also brought excitement to USM community as he disclosed that the DA will allot 30 slots for deserving and graduating agriculture students of the institution who will undergo training and exposure to Japan to learn new technologies.  

In addition, the official said that the DA is open to accept and fund thesis proposals sponsored by agriculture students but they must secure that the study will surely benefit the farming communities.  

As part of his visit, Secretary Piñol once again turned-over millions of farm machines and various projects to local government units (LGUs) and farmer groups worth P70-M.  

“These interventions and projects are proofs that this government delivers, fast,” Sec. Piñol said. Included in these interventions were farm machines under the banner programs of the DA (Rice, Corn, and High Value Crops).  

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, meanwhile, dished out tilapia and hito fingerlings to fishermen in identified fishing communities along with motorized and non-motorized bancas.  

A private company, Yanmar, also turned-over to DA six rice combine harvesters as part of their support to farm mechanization program during the day and these were given to deserving and qualified farmer groups in the province. 
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