We hope you remember Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia, the new executive director of PhilMec, who is a mechanized rice farmer. In a recent post in this blog that we made, he revealed that he can save as much as P6,500 per hectare by transplanting his rice seedlings by machine.
Now, he says he can save as much as P4,800 per 100 cavans of fresh paddy (50 kilos per cavan) by having his crop harvested by a combine harvester. Here’s how he arrived at his figure. When the crop is harvested manually, the harvesters get 7.5 cavans per 100 sacks harvested. Then the panicles will be threshed by a thresher. Again, the share of the thresher is 7.5 cavans per 100 cavans. That makes a total of 15 cavans for harvesting and threshing. At P800 per sack of 50 kilos, that’s worth P12,000.
Now, if harvesting is done by machine, most of the time contracted by a service provider, the share is 9 cavans per 100 cavans. There’s nothing to pay for threshing because the grains are automatically threshed and bagged. The only expense then is the 9 cavans worth P7,200. If you deduct this amount from the P12,000 spent for manual harvesting and threshing, the saving is P4,800.
Dr. Alvindia says that he usually gets 170 to 180 cavans per hectare from his 30-hectare rice farm. That sums up to 5,100 to 5,400 cavans. And with the savings of P4,800 per hundred cavans, the total savings would amount to P244,800 to P259,200 from 30 hectares.
There you are, mechanization really cuts the cost of producing rice.