Agri-tech firm em­ploys farm ma­chines to cut rice pro­duc­tion cost

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DID YOU KNOW that a com­pany that em­ploys mod­ern farm ma­chines can cut rice pro­duc­tion costs to R7 per kilo of freshly har­vested palay?

The com­pany is the Agri-Tech In­te­grated Ser­vices Com­pany (ATISCO) which is a sub­sidiary of the Yazaki Tor­res Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany with about 14,000 em­ploy­ees, based in Calamba City, La­guna.

On Sept. 8-10, 2016, ATISCO and its spon­sors held its First Har­vest Fes­ti­val at its Farm 2, Brgy. Ta­laga, Tanauan City. The event fea­tured a demon­stra­tion of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Bran­son trac­tor from Korea us­ing var­i­ous land prepa­ra­tion equip­ment like the ro­ta­va­tor, disc plow, levee maker, and buck hoe.

At the same time, the vis­i­tors saw for them­selves the per­for­mance of var­i­ous vegetable va­ri­eties and other high­value crops planted by par­tic­i­pat­ing seed com­pa­nies, which in­cluded Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, Bayer Vegetable Seeds, and East-West Seed. The seed com­pa­nies planted their fa­vorite va­ri­eties so the farm­ers could see for them­selves how hy­brids fared un­der the con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in Tanauan City, par­tic­u­larly at ATISCO’s Farm 2.

ATISCO is pi­o­neer­ing a farm­ing con­cept that starts with the pro­duc­tion of var­i­ous crops that are used by a captive mar­ket. The captive mar­ket con­sists of the 14,000 strong em­ploy­ees of Yazaki Tor­res Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany in Calamba,

Randy So­ri­ano ro­ta­vat­ing with Bran­son trac­tor. Only R500 worth of diesel is needed to ro­ta­vate one hectare with two passes. It is very eco­nom­i­cal.

The Lee Hwa com­pact ma­chine has a high re­cov­ery rate of as much as 68 per­cent.

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