We just came home from Palimbang yesterday for the monitoring. I saw how serious is PASALI’s technical center need for more farm equipments. Few farmers started the land preparation now including us who started the rice contract farming yet only two hand tractors are available.
While we came first in the reservation of the tractors, I heard many farmers will be waiting in line. This means other farmers need to wait after we finish preparing the contracted five hectares land. No farmer likes delay specially when the neighboring farms start their own land preparation. Synchronized farming is the only practical way to lessen the damage that rat infestation may bring.
Also, I noticed, hand tractor is a big help to the farmers. In less than one day, they can plow a hectare of land.
I should start writing now for farm equipments.