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The University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university. This premier institution of higher learning was established in 1908 and is now a university system composed of eight constituent universities and one autonomous college spread throughout 17 campuses in the archipelago.

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Land consolidation: a giant step towards agricultural modernization through efficient mechanization  [2003]

Lantin, R.M. (Philippines Univ. Los Banos, College, Laguna (Philippines). Coll. of Engineering and Agroindustrial Technology);

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Experiences of Asian countries proved that land consolidation is both technically and economically feasible. The farmers' cooperation as well as the governments' strong political will and commitment to address farm production inefficiencies contributed to their success in land consolidation. In the Philippines, corn farmland clustering, which is a prelude to land consolidation, is now being recognized as a strategy for efficient corn mechanization. The initiatives of both the private and the government sectors on machinery custom services led to the realization of addressing the important components of land consolidation, including (1.) large-sized and regularly shaped fields, (2.) access roads, (3.) irrigation and drainage systems, and (4.) postharvest facilities. The Department of Agriculture in Region 2 [Cagayan Valley] initiated the clustering projects for corn, a step towards full-scale land consolidation under the Philippine setting. Clustering involves the removal of fences and other abstructions along farm property boundaries to form contagious farm areas that will increase the efficiencies of operation of large machines for synchronized land preparation, planting, and harvesting; minimize turns at headlands and other interruptions; and reduce energy inputs. It also provides the environment to adopt future high-technology initiatives like precision agriculture, automation, environment protection, and organic farming that will further increase compe
titiveness. Private-led custom services and clustering have been initiated in Quirino and Isabela provinces. In both areas, custom hiring services for corn production operations, like land preparation, planting, fertilizer application. and harvesting are already established. In Pangasinan, custom services for corn harvesting is gaining wide acceptance and in much demand by farmers. These efforts show great potential of increasing farm production, reducing production costs and crop losses, and improving the overall land and labor productivity. During the early 1970s, the Department of Agrarian Reform, with assistance from the USAID, developed two rice haciendas in Camarines Sur by providing irrigation, drainage, and road facilities as well as land forming. However, the field lots did not significantly increase in size or shaped into long rectangular plots for efficient mechanization. This paper gives the concept and potentials of land consolidation for corn farms as related to farm mechanization and modernization. The author concludes that modernizing agriculture through mechanization at this time should not be hindered by concerns, as in the past, that impact landless laborers. Instead, a separate development and training program of gainful employment for them, domestic (e.g., jobs in agro-industries) and abroad (e.g. OFW as skilled farmhands and farm assistants), should be formulated to enable farmers have their own development track. By this more positive manner, this strategy will be more effective in alleviating poverty in the countryside

Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Summary
In AGRIS since:
2003
Extent:
48 leaves
All titles:
"Land consolidation: a giant step towards agricultural modernization through efficient mechanization"@eng
Other:
"Summary (En)"
"6 ill.; 5 graphs; 26 tables; 16 ref. Received Feb 2003"
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Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Summary
In AGRIS since:
2003
Extent:
48 leaves
All titles:
"Land consolidation: a giant step towards agricultural modernization through efficient mechanization"@eng
Other:
"Summary (En)"
"6 ill.; 5 graphs; 26 tables; 16 ref. Received Feb 2003"