Farm machines developed by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) are now more accessible with the signing of licensing agreement with an Isabela-based fabrication shop, Sept. 21.

In the non-exclusive license agreement, ACT Machineries and Metal Craft Corporation will manufacture and commercialize the handtractor-drawn multipurpose seeder (MPS) and ride-on buoyant tiller.

MPS is used for dryland seeding of rice, corn, and mungbean. Through MPS, farmers can finish planting for half a day or as fast as three hours. Meanwhile, the ride-on buoyant tiller is used for land preparation in knee, waist, or chest-deep fields. It can plow and harrow 3-4-ha of rice farms in a day.

ACT is the second manufacturer that underwent Fairness Opinion Board review by the Department of Science and Technology to ensure fairness in parties’ transactions.

The agreement was signed by DA-PhilRice Executive Director John C. de Leon and ACT’s representatives Marites M. Saldo and Sherman B. Valdez. DA-PhilRice Deputy Executive Directors Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang and Karen Eloisa T. Barroga also witnessed the online signing ceremony.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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