Close to 50 Bicol delegates composed of selected farmers ,RAFC representatives, officers and members of Irrigators Associations, local manufacturers, local product exhibitors & DA officials and staff actively took part in the Makina Saka Expo 2017 held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City on September 7-9, 2017.
“With the theme “Aangat ang Pagsasaka sa Paggamit ng Tamang Makinarya” DA Secretary Manny Piñol appealed to Filipino farmers to change their mind-set. “Mababa masyado ang ating mechanization” with only 2% rate resulting to post- harvest losses. Mechanization is the key not only for survival in the Agri sector but an indication in liberating farmers thru introduction of farm machineries and technologies he said. “Kailangan ang magsasaka, makinado”. It’s now time to boost our Mechanization Program giving the best equipment to our farmers. He also promoted the use of Hybrid Rice. “Don’t be afraid of Hybrid and Golden Rice”, its production technology is simple and one way of improving rice production he added.