“The research study targets to review the past government interventions in the provision of production mechanization, and the present farm machineries being used in rice production in different farm sizes and different ecosystems”, said Jose Paulo Tuason, Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) main campus science research specialist and project leader of the research study.
“The study also aims to estimate opportunity losses due to non-mechanization of rice production and the corresponding economic value of the losses”, he added. “In the end, policy options will be recommended for effective and efficient rice production mechanization in Central Luzon”.
“For the first time, farmers themselves in the region will be directly involved and asked in the relevance of farm mechanization in rice productiveness by farm sizes and by ecosystems”, said of Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan (Agham) Central Luzon Secretary General Reynan Calderon and consultant in the research study.
Other members of the research study are BPSU Abucay campus chairman of extension services Engr. Jonathan Lacayanga, university instructor Engr. Walter Valdez, and university research associate Zorille Villaflores. The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture Region 3.