Participants were members and officers of Irrigators Associations (IA), Small Water Impounding System Association (SWISA Federation of the Philippines),Provincial and Municipal Agriculturists (PAs/MAs), Regional and Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Councils, and the Regional Rice focal persons and other rice farmers associations.

During the opening program held Monday, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) Director Rex Bingabing said thatfarm mechanization is one of the answers to the issue of climate changewhich is a great challenge in agriculture industry today. 

He said the purpose of this gathering is to promote farm mechanization which includes the use of modern machineries and modern technologies in the farm. He added that farmers should be aware what these modern machineries and modern technologies can do to augment their income and production as well as counter the effects of climate change.

"We need to continuously increase the production of our agricultural areas here in Mindanao. Before, we can say that Mindanao is best suited for agriculture production as we are typhoon free, but now we can no longer tell if we are really free from typhoon as we experienced typhoon that damage our crops in Mindanao," Bingabing said.

He said that farm mechanization can help lessen the effect of calamities threateningagri production in Mindanao.
Aside from the exhibits of modern farm machineries, there are also series of lectures and seminars on modern technologies from planting rice, seeding, and transplanting down to harvesting, drying, and milling. (egdeligero/aggie media service)