DR. DIONISIO G. ALVINDIA: Mechanized Rice Transplanting Saves Him P6,500 Per Hectare

NOT many people may know it but Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia, the new executive director of PhilMech, is a hands-on rice farmer who operates a 30-hectare farm in Nueva Ecija. And he is about the first in the Philippines to adopt the method of transplanting his seedlings using a second hand tractor that he rehabilitated, and improvising his own metal trays for the seedlings. Of course, he can do that because he is a scientist with a practical touch.

Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia (left) talking with KAMICO Chairman Shin Gil Kim at the agricultural mechanization trade show in Cheonan, Korea.
Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia (left) talking with KAMICO Chairman Shin Gil Kim at the agricultural mechanization trade show in Cheonan, Korea.

He reports that by using a mechanical transplanter, he can actually save P6,500 per hectare. For 30 hectares, that would amount to P195,000 per cropping. If he plants two crops a year, the savings would amount to P390,000!

Here’s how he arrived at his savings. It takes 20 planters to plantย one hectare in one day. For their wages, lunch and snacks, the cost amounts to P7,000. Add to that the cost of producing the seedlings, P1,000; pulling the seedlings at P2,000; and hauling the seedling to the field, P500. Total is P10,500.ย By using the transplanter, total cost would only be P4,000 divided into: P1,500 for the three workers with food and snack; P1,500 for the fuel; and P1,000 for seedling production. No hauling cost and pulling cost because the seedlings are in trays and are carried by the tractor to the field without cost. Thus, the saving is P6,500.

A rice transplanter at the KIEMSTA trade show in Korea.
A rice transplanter at the KIEMSTA trade show in Korea.

We met Dr. Alvindia at the KIEMSTA, the largest agricultural mechanization trade show in Cheonan City, Korea, where we saw a lot of mechanical transplanters not only for rice but also for corn, onion, garlic, eggplant and other vegetables.

Dr. Alvindia is a scientist who took up advance studies at the Tokyo University. He has patented two biopesticides that are being field tested before they are released for commercial use. But that is another story.

 

Dr. Alvindia (right) discussing farm mechanization with Eugene T. Gabriel of |Agri Components Corporation.
Dr. Alvindia (right) discussing farm mechanization with Eugene T. Gabriel of Agri Components Corporation.

 

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