Philrice Develops Farmer-Friendly Hand Tractor
Although his feet turned hard skinned owing to the unwanted pangs from the land, Alberto Macahilig of Malinao, Aklan is still bothered by the pains caused by sharp objects, kuhol shells, and weeds. A farmer for 40 years, he had endured aches that limit his efficiency in preparing his field.
“Injuries met in the field could take a week to heal. This slows down my capacity to properly prepare the land. If the wound is serious, a farmer is forced to take a rest,” he said.
Detesting sore feet and cramping knees caused by harmful objects found in the field, he said that meticulous land preparation is sometimes sacrificed because of carelessness in tilling rice areas.
This problem was observed by Engr. Elmer Bautista, a machine developer of PhilRice. “Farmers are in danger while working deep in the mud. Sharp objects such as shells of golden apple snails, stones, nonbiodegradable materials and shafts that are oftentimes overlook by farmers, cause feet injury,” he said.
Minimizing health risks of rice tillers, Bautista and his team developed a ride-on tillage implement for hand tractors. The farm implement, which is now being manufactured by Val Lugto of Guimba, Nueva Ecija, also saved farmers from walking a distance of around 70 km to prepare a one-hectare field.
“Although a farmer uses a conventional hand tractor, he could still be stressed-out as he still needs to walk for quite a distance. But with this implement, farmers would also be eased up from fatigue,” he said.
Already tested and evaluated in Nueva Ecija and Zambales, the ride-on tillage implement could perform the following operation in just a day: side plowing, walk-behind plowing, ride-on plowing, harrowing, and leveling. These land preparation activities could not be completely executed by using a conventional hand tractor as other machines are needed to accomplish some operations.
“The machine was designed to operate a half-hectare field in a day with 8-hour working days. Farmers who have tested the machines said they are satisfied with the machine because it is easy to operate, safe to use, and has good capacity,” Bautista said. Because of the good feedbacks, the riding-type tillage implement is up for promotion in Northwestern Luzon, Pangasinan, Central Luzon, Negros, and Iloilo.
AGRI-INFO/JULY 20, 2006
TITLE: FARMER FRIENDLY HAND TRACTOR DEVELOPED
ALAM BA NINYO NA ISANG HAND TRACTOR ANG NAISAKATUPARAN NA NAGLALAYONG MAKATULONG NG MALAKI SA ATING MGA MAGSASAKA?
ITOY PARA MALUTAS NA ANG PALAGING PROBLEMA NG MGA MAGSASAKA SA TINATAMO NILANG MGA SUGAT, AT SAKIT NG KATAWAN HABANG INIHAHANDA ANG KANI-KANILANG LUPANG SAKAHAN.
NAOBSERBAHAN ITO MISMO NI ENGINEER ELMER BAUTISTA, ISANG MACHINE DEVELOPER NG PHILRICE, LALU NA SA PANGANIB NA DULOT SA KATAWAN SA KALUSUGAN NG MGA MAGSASAKA ANG MGA MATATALAS NA BAGAY SA MGA LUPANG SAKAHAN TULAD NG SHELL NG GOLDEN KUHOL, MGA BATO, NONBIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS AT IBA PANG NAKAKASUGAT NA MGA BAGAY NA HINDI NAPAPANSIN NG MGA MAGSASAKA.
DITO NAISAKATUPARAN NI BAUTISTA AT KANYANG GRUPO ANG ISANG “RIDE-ON TILLAGE” PARA SA HAND TRACTORS NA KASALUKUYAN NANG NASA PRODUKSIYON NG VAL LUGTO NG GUIMBA, NUEVA ECIJA.
NAKATUTULONG ANG BAGONG HAND TRACTOR TILLAGE IMPLEMENT NA ITO SA MGA MAGSASAKA DAHIL SA HINDI NA NILA KAILANGAN PANG MAGLAKAD NG MATAGAL TAGAL NA ORAS HABANG INIHAHANDA ANG KANILANG MGA LUPANG SAKAHAN.
SA PAMAMAGITAN NG RIDE ON TILLAGE IMPLEMENT NG HAND TRACTORS, MAAARING GAWIN SA ISANG ARAW ANG PAG-AARARO O SIDE PLOWING, WALK BEHIND PLOWING, RIDE ON PLOWING, HARROWING AT LEVELING.
ANG GANITONG KUMPLETONG PROSESO NG PAGHAHANDA NG LUPANG SAKAHAN AY HINDI MAGAGAWA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG TRADISYUNAL NA HAND TRACTOR DAHIL SA KAILANGAN PA NG IBANG MAKINA PARA KUMPLETO ANG LAND PREPARATION.