BANGUED, Abra, April 20(PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here turned over three shredder machines to two farmers’ groups and to the local government unit of Lagangilang this week.
The shredder machines costing Php585, 000.00 will be used for the LGU’s solid waste management program and for vermicomposting for organic farming of the Abra Vegetable Seed Growers Development Cooperative (AVSECO) and Immuli Pidigan Farmers’ Association.
“The shredders have two components - one for shredding plastic materials and the other for biodegradable materials,” explained DOST Provincial Director Menandro Buenafe as he demonstrated how to operate the machine before handing them over to the recipients.
“We need to promote organic agriculture so we need to equip the farmers with this machine,” he said.
In vermicomposting, shredded plant debris like leaves, grasses and manure are used to feed the African Nightcrawler, a type of earthworm that produces organic and mineral nutrients good for the soil.
DOST is also currently holding free trainings on how to fabricate food processing machines like noodle machine maker and other mechanization programs to machine shops in the province to strengthen local machine fabrication.
“Our farmers drive all the way to Pangasinan to buy tractors to be used in their farming. It’s high time we train our mechanical engineers to make some,” he said. (JDP/GBB- PIA CAR, Abra)