One farm implement that has been developed by experienced metalworks practitioners in Isabela is the Cassava Uprooter that can uproot one hectare of cassava in just three hours. It has been tested and given the flying colors by AMTEC, the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center based in UP Los Baños.
The implement was designed by Agricom, a leading distributor of farm machinery in Isabela. It asked its subsidiary company, CIAMC or Central Isabela Agri Manufacturing Corp. to fabricate the same. Five of the co-owners of CIAMC have their own personal business engaged in metal works, auto repair, tricycle sidecar fabrication, etc. Collaborating to fabricate the uprooter are Oscar Mananintan, Robert Tomas, Reynante Santiago, Jervin Sioco and Edmund Mabborang, all co-owners of CIAMC.. Agricom is now the sole distributor of the implement, according to Eugene T. Gabriel, Agricom COO.
The development of the Cassava Uprooter is very timely because a good number of corn planters in Cagayan Valley are shifting to cassava production for a number of good reasons. For one, cassava is less risky to produce than corn. Cassava has less disease problems. It is also more tolerant to stresses like typhoons and drought.Then there is a ready market — San Miguel Corporation which buys dried chips at P9.80 per kilo. San Miguel uses cassava as ingredient in its livestock feed.
For more information, you can contact Eugene T. Gabriel at 0908-890-2474 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org