Harvesting By Combine Saves Him P4,800 Per 100 Sacks

Harvesting By Combine Saves Him P4,800 Per 100 Sacks

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 ย by transplanting his rice seedlings by machine.

Harvesting By Combine Saves Him P4,800 Per 100 Sacks
DR. DIONISIO G. ALVINDIA, scientist, PhilMech executive director, mechanized rice farmer.

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.ย 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.

Harvesting By Combine Saves Him P4,800 Per 100 Sacks
A combine harvester in operation.

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.


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8 thoughts on “Harvesting By Combine Saves Him P4,800 Per 100 Sacks

  1. Could the good doctor, Dr. Alvindia, share his secret in getting such a high yield and where is his farm. I do farm in batangas and could not even get half of his yield. In a year or two, I have to consider other options if I do not see any improvement. Thank you and my best wishes to you and your column.

    1. Maybe one reason why you get a poor harvest is that you are not mechanized. When you mechanize, the land is thoroughly cultivated which is good for the plants. When you are mechanized, your planting will be more timely because you can prepare your land within a short time. Maybe you are not planting the right varieties. Maybe you are fertilizing with the wrong fertilizer. Or you may not be fertilizing at all. I think I go around the countryside more than many of you and I talk to people out there. In Isabela, rice planters have a hard time getting people to harvest their rice or corn. People are getting old and the young generation don’t seem to be interested in agriculture. The solution is to mechanize..

  2. You should stay and observe on the farm and check how the poor unemployed people in the rural area obtained money to feed themselves. If those ricefield will be mechanized , you’ll be taking the food in their hands that’s ready for them to put in their mouth

    1. Yes, I am with you on that regard. And that is the very reason why I am more interested in turning around my bottom line thru increased yield rather than achieving it thru cutting my labor costs.

  3. Getting the rice fields into mechanization will be detrimental to those poor people who does the transplanting, harvesting etc. by which their livelihood depend on that. You should go to Nueva Ecija and see for your self what I am talking about.

  4. How you can say that Dr. Alvindia save P6500/ha in mechanize rice transplanting if no calculation is presented?

    Please provide realistic and convincing calculation…

    1. Read my article on Dr. Alvindia in the January 2017 issue of Agriculture Magazine, page 32. It is all explained in detail how saves P6,500 per hectare by transplanting rice with his machine. Here’s how. When rice seedlings are transplanted manually, it takes 20 people to do the job in one hectare in one day. On the other hand, it takes only three workers to transplant by machine on one hectaqre using his improvised 4-row transplanter.
      The daily wage of the 20 transplanters, including snacks and lunch, amounts to a total of P7,000. Add to that P1,000 as cost of growing the seedlings; P2,000 for pulling, and P500 for hauling the seedlings to the field. That amounts to a total of P10,500 in costs.
      In the case of the transplanting by machine, the workers are allotted P1,500, including their food. Add P1,500 fo fuel and P1,000 for growing the seedlings. There’s no cost of pulling and hauling because the seedlings are in metal trays which are brought to the field by the tractor. That’s a total of P4,000, which means savings of P6,500. Is that clear?

      1. You did not mention the cost and depreciation of the transplanter and also how long that machine last until you need a new one again.That way you can really prove that machine is worth investing on it.

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