Monday, July 6, 2015

P3.3M agricultural tramline benefits farmers

A farmer checks on the products transported 
through the agricultural tramline./ Capitol photo
The P3.3 million agricultural tramline system in Barangay Igmaya-an, Don Salvador Benedicto town, in Negros Occidental is expected to benefit hundreds of farmers.

The project, which costs P3,390,771.34, was jointly implemented by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, PhilMech and the Department of Agriculture-Region 6.

It is seen to benefit about 400 farmers and many barangays in Don Salvador and nearby barangays of San Carlos City.

The tramline is an alternative transport system for farmers in areas isolated from road network because of ravines, rivers, and dense vegetation; it is a system of steel cables and pulleys that links the production area to the nearest access road for the transport of agricultural products such as upland rice, banana, ginger, corn, vegetables, squash, coconut, among others.

Also, the project will minimize the drudgery of hauling and transport of products; reduce hauling time (from 3 hours of manual hauling to 3 minutes with tramline use); reduce hauling cost to 50 percent thus increase the farmers’ income; and maintain good quality of vegetables by the reduction of mechanical damages.

The project is a two-way bicable tramline system; the cable is 625 meters from Igmaya-an proper to Sitio Quenabong of Don Salvador Benedicto and 864 meters from Igmaya-an proper to Sitio Bedio, in Brgy. Codcod, San Carlos City, and has a hauling capacity of 350 kg per trip.

The tramline has a speed of 100-150 meters per minute and has 80 Hp diesel engine.

The project was recently inaugurated by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

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