Gov. Daniel Fernando tries for himself the provincial government-acquired mechanical rice transplanter together with San Rafael Mayor Mark Cholo Violago and Third District Board Member RC Castro in a rice farm in Barangay Pinac-pinacan on Tuesday. Photo from the Provincial Public Affairs Office

SAN RAFAEL, Bulacan–Farmers in the province can now expect more yields and increase earnings as they go high tech today through the use of modern farming equipment and facilities–drone seed spreader and mechanical rice transplanter. 

Gov. Daniel Fernando prioritized the purchase of the equipment for Bulacan farmers to benefit from today’s advance technology in agriculture to help improve their production and the rice farming industry in the province in general. 

Gov. Daniel Fernando lead other Bulacan officials in witnessing how the modern farming technology drone seed spreader will work wonder for the province farmers. Photo from the Facebook page of the Bulacan Provincial Government 

Fernando said the pandemic has taught everyone the need to strengthen the agriculture, particularly rice dependency for food security and it is now the time to put on top of priority the farmers sector similar to the thrust of President Ferdinand Marcos. 

Gloria Carillo, Bulacan provincial agriculture officer said seed spreader drones can spread up to 40x faster than manual spreading, and allow users to spread seeds quickly and efficiently on hills, wetlands and other land terrains. The drone spreader can be used also for pesticides spreading, she said. 

Carillo said Mechanical Rice Transplanter which is a manually-operated machine transplants rice seedlings in rows with a definite distance or space between plants. This provides easier task for planting. 

Bulacan farmers in different towns will share usage of the equipment as the provincial government intends to purchase more in the coming months. 

Farmers are now on their second or wet season planting.