THE PHILIPPINE Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said it has distributed about P209 million worth of agricultural machineries to farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, and Davao del Sur.

For Camarines Sur, the PhilMech distributed about P19 million worth of combine harvesters to farmers in an event marking the agency’s final turnover for the area in 2023.

Another 52 units of farm equipment worth a total of P47 million were handed out to Davao del Sur FCAs. There were 19 floating tillers, 10 hand tractors, seven combine harvesters, six four-wheel-drive tractors, four mobile rice mills, and two units each of walk-behind and riding-type transplanters, and rice threshers.

Meanwhile, PhilMech also distributed over 100 various agricultural equipment that cover the stages of production and postharvest, benefitting more than 70 FCAs and local government units. The estimated worth of the equipment is P149.5 million. — Adrian H. Halili