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