The DOST-developed transplanter and harvester indeed made faming more efficient.
The transplanter can sow seedlings in two hectares per day, doubling the efforts of 20 farmers who can do the task n just a hectare a day. DOST’s prototype transplanter can be used with the common type of hand-tractor though other designs are being developed.
The transplanter’s initial testing in Regions 3 and 4-A showed an 80 percent efficiency rate, which means that it meets the requirements of the Philippine Agricultural Engineering Standards.
Meanwhile, the combine harvester can reap grain crops on a two-hectare rice field in four days. Field trials show that the harvester’s works as efficiently as its commercial counterparts but at a lesser cost. Moreover, it can also do other functions such as threshing and sacking.
The harvester and transplanter cost around P150,000 and P100,000 respectively while those in the market now cost around P200,000 to P250,000 for a transplanter and P270,000 to P350,000 for the harvester.
The DOST combine harvester, a practical agricultural equipment that combines the function of a reaper, thresher, and sacking of grain crops.
The transplanter serves as a mechanical attachment to a common hand-tractor that provides a one day planting of rice stalks for a two hectare land, which is normally done by 20 farmers in a day.