DA Introduces Rice Harvester
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - The Region 12 office here of the Department of Agriculture (DA 12) has introduced to local farmers the use of a mechanical rice harvester to boost their production.DA Region 12 Director Jimmy Olivo said personnel from the DA and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) conducted over the weekend a field demonstration on the Rice Combine Harvester to local farmers in Barangay Namnama, Koronadal City.Olivo said the Rice Combine Harvester, which was designed by PhilRice, can be used for harvesting, threshing, and bagging of rice.Engineer Rolly Nicolas of the PhilRice Post Harvest and Mechanization said with the use of the Rice Combine Harvester, farmers could save a lot in the process of harvesting rice.He said the mechanical rice harvester - which costs P500,000 - can harvest one-and-a-half hectare of ricefield daily with only three persons to operate or man the machine."Rice farmers could save a lot and boost their production with the use of this mechanical rice harvester in their post-harvest undertakings," Nicolas said. (Joseph Jubelag)COMELEC READIES FOR A.R.M.M. POLLSARMM, Philippines - Officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are confident that the preparations for next year's Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) polls won't be affected even with only four commissioners. Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer, who is set to retire next year, said their preparations for the August regional polls won't be affected since they also have other people who can back up the en banc. "I would say so (we can prepare) because we have the senior staff, who are there to back up the commission en banc," he said. Commissioner …
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Publication information: Article title: DA Introduces Rice Harvester. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: November 28, 2010. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.