Philippine Farmers Among Least Mechanized in Southeast Asia

The Philippine’s high reliance on manual labor as opposed to mechanization has led it to be among the least mechanized in Southeast Asia. Machines that are used are often inefficient and lead to high PHL, particularly in rice. Although the country has set a goal of self-sufficiency in this staple crop by 2013, farmers are reluctant to make the move to mechanization for fear of losing work. PhilMech, an agency attached to the Dept. of Agriculture, focuses on developing small-scale machinery for these farmers, and is already ahead of its equipment distribution schedule to qualified farmers’ organizations.

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