Trento, Agusan del Sur – The AgriPinoy Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture Caraga is on full swing to further push for farm mechanization in the region.
Farm mechanization help make the farm more productive thus DA has lined –up an array of farm machineries including farm tractor, an interested cooperator could avail of through an easy counter parting scheme.
Since 2013, cooperator can avail the farm tractor through an 85:15 counter parting scheme unlike earlier it was on 50:50 scheme.
Based on inventory, since 2009 DA Regional Field Office had distributed a total of 21 farm tractors funded under AgriPinoy Corn Program including 1 unit grant of SAIS-BC, a special project.
Recipients of the said farm tractors were local government units and farmer cooperatives in five provinces of Caraga region.
To fully optimize the advantages of the said farm machineries, DA RFO 13 conducted Farm Tractor Operators Training recently at DA CARIARC Trento, Agusan del Sur.
On the said activity, farm tractor operators were trained the proper methods of the operation and maintenance especially on trouble shooting in case of technical problems that may arise in their respective service areas.
Caraga Corn Program Coordinator Abel Wagas extended his gratitude to the two resource persons, Francisco Ete and Mark Twain Limbo of SuperTrade Enterprises, a private company who shared their expertise during the training.
One of the participants Ronelo Quiñonez of Bayugan City said that the training greatly enhanced his skills as farm tractor operator and thankful to DA for giving an opportunity for them (farm tractor operators) in the region to meet each other for the first time.
“Nalipay gyud kaayo ko kay first time pa gyud ni nagkatapok-tapok ming mga operator, talagsaon ra kaayo ni nga higayon ug unta masunda pa ni” (I am overwhelmed because this is the very first time that we operators were converged and hopefully more engagement to come), he said during the closing program.
Corn program is looking the possibility that farm tractor operators will be given a certificate possibly through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) certification programs. (Aurell P. Arais/DA CARAGA Info Section)